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253 Animals Removed from Franklin County Home

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ST. CLAIR, Mo. (KMOX) - The Humane Society of Missouri has removed more than 250 animals from an eastern Missouri property amid concerns that the animals were neglected.

Humane Society officials said Tuesday that 192 domestic rabbits, 25 goats, 21 chickens, 10 cats, four dogs and a duck were removed from the property near St. Clair in Franklin County.

Authorities say many of the cages were encrusted with dirt and hair. Most cages held as many as 10 rabbits. Water for many of the animals was frozen, dirty and contaminated with feces.The cats and other animals which lived inside the home on the property also were living in extremely filthy conditions.

It wasn’t clear if charges would be filed. Nearly 160 animals were removed from the same property in 2010.

The animals were taken to the Humane Society shelter in St. Louis for treatment. A disposition hearing is scheduled for Dec. 4. The Humane Society says many of the animals will be put up for adoption if the society is granted custody.

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