Allison Blood

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Looking to adopt an Australian Shepherd? The Humane Society will have more than 40 of them to put up for adoption soon.

The Animal Cruelty Task Force says it’s rescuing 41 Australian Shepherds from a southwestern Missouri breeder who is going out of business.

Animal Cruelty Task Force Director Mike Perkins says the conditions weren’t terrible, but it was clear the breeder couldn’t take care of all those dogs anymore.

Photo courtesy of Humane Society of Missouri

Photo courtesy of Humane Society of Missouri

“A lot of the dogs were shy,” he says. “It almost seems like they hadn’t been socialized very much. But once they got up to you and they were able to warm up to you, they were okay and easy to handle.”

The dogs range in age from six months to seven years old.

Photo courtesy of Humane Society of Missouri

Photo courtesy of Humane Society of Missouri

They’ll all go to the Humane Society on Macklind, be seen by vets, go through some socialization classes and then be put up for adoption.

Although taking in 40 dogs at once will put a strain on the resources at the Humane Society, Perkins says it’s better than the alternative.

“Thanks to our donors, we are able to do this job,” he says. “I would hate to think of what would happen to these dogs if we weren’t able to do that.”

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