ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued ten critically ill Basset Hound puppies from a licensed breeding facility in Douglas County Friday.
The organization said all of the puppies were underweight and suffering from pneumonia, internal and external parasites and serious ear and eye infections. Two puppies remained in intensive care.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture advised that the puppies be removed from the location because they were found in a life-threatening situation. Three of the litter mates died before the rescue.
"This situation clearly shows why Missouri's animal cruelty and dog breeding regulations are so important. An inspection of a licensed dog breeding facility found diseased and emaciated puppies," said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri.
"Thankfully, the Humane Society of Missouri is able to provide the professional rescue and veterinary services to give these poor puppies the best possible chance for the great lives they deserve," she said.
This is an on-going investigation and the Humane Society will share each dog's medical report with MDA. The Humane Society of Missouri is seeking prosecution.