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39 Chihuahuas, Small Mixed Breed Dogs Rescued By Humane Society

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39 small-breed dogs were rescued by the Humane Society of Missouri on July 22. Photo courtesy of the Humane Society of Missouri

39 small-breed dogs were rescued by the Humane Society of Missouri on July 22. Photo courtesy of the Humane Society of Missouri

VAN BUREN, Mo. (KMOX) - The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued 39 Chihuahuas and other small mixed breed dogs from an owner in Carter County who planned to load them into a truck and dump them at the side of the highway.

Yesterday, Humane Society of Missouri animal cruelty investigator responded to a call from the Carter County Sheriff’s Office. When they visited the property, they found the dogs’ owner putting all of the dogs into one crate and stating her plans to dump them.

The owner voluntarily surrendered the animals to the Humane Society of Missouri, and the Cape Girardeau Humane Society agreed to house the dogs overnight. A Humane Society of Missouri transport team is bringing the dogs to the Humane Society of Missouri headquarters today.

Some of the dogs have severe matting and hair loss, and many have overgrown nails and external parasites. Among the group are three newborn and four 6-week-old puppies. Each dog will be examined by Humane Society of Missouri veterinarians and veterinary technicians upon arrival at the Humane Society of Missouri.

The Humane Society of Missouri is requesting donations of toys for small dogs, bed sheets and towels to help care for these rescued dogs. Donations may be brought to the Humane Society of Missouri’s St. Louis City Adoption Center at 1201 Macklind Ave.

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