ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force is rescuing more than 150 dogs, cats, horses and goats from a property outside of Barnett, Mo. in Morgan County.

The dogs, of various mixed breeds including terriers, Akitas, Labrador Retrievers and Beagles, are thin and suffering from parasites. The group includes four puppies: two 2-week-old puppies and two 8-week-old puppies.

Many of the cats are suffering from upper respiratory disease, eye infections, severely matted coats and other maladies after living in a filthy, trash-strewn trailer on the property.

The group of horses includes new foals, pregnant mares, adult horses and ponies. They are also underweight and suffering from parasites. One dead foal was found on the property.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has stated they will pursue animal abuse charges in this case.

The dogs and cats will be taken to the Humane Society headquarters on Macklind for evaluation and treatment. The horses will be taken to the Humane Society’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, Mo.

The Humane Society says that due to their poor condition, it may be several weeks before these animals will be available for adoption.

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