Many Missouri puppy mill owners are repeat offenders and some have dropped their U.S. Department of Agriculture licenses to avoid federal scrutiny and regulations.
Riverbend Humane Society in Jerseyville owner Frank Anderson says that because of the tough economy, the shelter has been taking in large numbers of animals.
It’s another big step in his on-going recovery, Trooper, the pit bull puppy that survived being dragged down an area interstate just before Thanksgiving is leaving the Humane Society office on Macklind Ave.
41-year-old Benetta Johnson of East St. Louis is charged with misdemeanor animal abuse.
Man comes forward with a story for police
More than 40 small dogs and a rabbit have been removed from an unlicensed breeding facility in western Missouri and are now in the care of the Humane Society of Missouri in St. Louis.
The Humane Society says many of the animals taken from the property near Galena are severely underweight and had little access to food or fresh water.
It’s not clear how many animals died.
Red Cross CEO Cindy Erickson says “Our priority today is really helping them with what do I in the next 24 hours,”
“Sonny” the purebred Boxer puppy sedated.