ST. LOUIS (AP) — 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.

Missouri Department of Agriculture workers, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and the Humane Society removed the 46 animals Tuesday from a facility near Garden City. The Humane Society says the dogs were living in stacked, wire crates with two or three dogs per crate. Authorities say many had no food or water, and some are underweight and infested with parasites.

A disposition hearing to determine possession of the Chihuahua, Chihuahua-mix and shih tzu dogs, along with the rabbit, is Nov. 16 in Warrensburg.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the owner will face criminal charges.

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