Joplin Humane Society rehabilitating dogs from hoarder home

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. -Eighteen dogs are now in the care of the Joplin Humane Society after Oronogo police and the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office responded to a hoarding situation in Oronogo.

Roaming packs of dogs were intimidating neighbors including Oronogo resident Patty Agan who lives near the home that was previously packed with pups.

“I have an attendant who’s also a friend. She hasn’t been able to walk my dog and we can’t really safely take my dog out of this yard because they would all attack her at the same time,” said Patty.

The owners of the dogs agreed to give up all but four of them to law enforcement following reports that some of them had bitten neighbors and even an Oronogo officer.

“We won’t allow the situation where they’re constantly roaming the neighborhood, and the ones that we deemed to be viscous that were going after people are the dogs that we did take. We did make sure that those were ones that they handed over to us,” said Oronogo Police Corporal Tony Tuttle.

The 18 dogs consist of 8 adults and 10 puppies, and the Joplin Humane Society is determined to find each one a forever home, even the biters. But before that happens, they’ll need help with fleas and malnourishment, and a lot of tender loving care so these pups know how to behave properly around people.

“So it’s just getting them comfortable and getting them socialized, and letting them know that humans can provide a positive interaction,” said Joplin Humane Society Animal Behavior Manager Thomas Jay.

Police say the dogs’ original owners let the situation get out of control because the dogs weren’t fixed, but that won’t be an issue going forward since the four dogs remaining at the home are all male.

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