Dogs taken from owner who planned to abandon them
VAN BUREN (AP) - More than three dozen small-breed dogs have been removed from a property in southern Missouri amid reports that the owner planned to dump them along the side of a highway.
The Humane Society of Missouri announced the rescue Tuesday. The dogs include 39 Chihuahua and mixed-breed dogs, some of them puppies, taken Monday from property in Carter County.
The Humane Society says one of its investigators went to the site and found the owner putting the dogs into a single crate, saying she intended to dump them along the roadway. She agreed to give up the animals, who were kept Monday night in Cape Girardeau before being transported to St. Louis for examination.
Officials say some of the dogs have external parasites.
An investigation continues.