PHOTOS: Nearly 100 dogs rescued from 'severe neglect' of Missouri breeder

HSMO rescue
Photo credit (Bill Greenblatt/UPI)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Nearly 100 dogs – some as young as 10-weeks-old – have been given a "second chance at a happier life" thanks to the rescue efforts of Humane Society of Missouri’s (HSMO) Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT) in St. Louis.

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They conducted a rescue of 97 dogs from the facility of a formerly licensed breeder in Urbana, Missouri. The former Cridder Creek Kennel and later Little Miracles Kennel in Hickory County was cited for multiple violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act and for operating without a license since January 2021. The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Missouri Attorney General’s office help coordinate the rescue.

On Tuesday, each and every dog when through a medical triage process at HSMO headquarters on Macklind Avenue. It was HSMO's largest rescue of the year. You can watch it here:

“The severe neglect that these poor animals suffered is abhorrent and inexcusable,” said HSMO President Kathy Warnick. “We will do everything in our power to ensure the rescued dogs are rehabilitated and given a second chance at a happier life.”

The rescue breeds include Collies, Standard Poodles, Shelties, Yorkies and others. HSMO is in urgent need or help to care for the dogs and is asking for donations of blankets, newspaper, dog toys, small dog beds, or anything else that can make these animals’ recovery more comfortable. You can also donate here.

Below are photos of the rescued pups:

Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force rescue
Photo credit (Bill Greenblatt/UPI)
Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force rescue
Photo credit (Bill Greenblatt/UPI)
Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force rescue
Photo credit (Bill Greenblatt/UPI)
Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force rescue
Photo credit (Bill Greenblatt/UPI)