Humane Society takes custody of 21 rescued dogs

MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. – The Humane Society of Missouri takes custody of 21 dogs rescued from a McDonald County breeder.

Workers rescued the dogs from a licensed breeder in McDonald County on July 28, 2021. The Missouri Attorney General has temporarily shut down the breeder, Andre Damrill of Magic Puppies, for violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act.

Related: Animal Cruelty Task Force rescues 21 dogs in McDonald CountyMissouri AG shuts down McDonald County dog breeder

Now that HSMO has full custody, they can move forward with necessary and life-saving surgical procedures. They can also spay and neuter the dogs. Once rehabilitated, the Humane Society can make them available for adoption.

To help provide support, the public can click here to support the treatment, care, and rehabilitation of these animals.

“This is the outcome that we were hoping for,” said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri. “These poor dogs have been through so much and lived in such horrible conditions that we’re thankful we can provide them with compassionate and state-of-the-art veterinary care and give them a second chance at a brighter future.”

The Rescue

The Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Taskforce helped rescue the dogs in July. They found the dogs in “disturbing and inhumane facility conditions.” Workers also found evidence of several deceased dogs. According to HSMO, one dog died just hours before the team’s arrival.

The surviving dogs were starving at various levels. Fleas and ticks also infested them. Some dogs had serious wounds.

The Courts gave the Missouri Department of Agriculture an order to inspect the property. With a warrant, the McDonald County Sheriff’s Office helped remove the animals with the help of HSMO’s Animal Cruelty Taskforce.

The Humane Society took the dogs to their St. Louis City headquarters. They assessed the dogs’ physical conditions.

Animal Care Facilities Act

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office had successfully filed suit. It temporarily shut down the facility for multiple, repeated violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act. The goal of the suit would be for the breeder in question to be prohibited from breeding animals, selling animals, or operating as a commercial breeder permanently.

Report Animal Abuse

To report an animal who may be in danger or is suffering from neglect or abuse, you can call the local police and the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Hotline at (314) 647-4400.

The Humane Society of Missouri sent the video below of the rescued dogs.


Tulsa Zoo shares video of mom and new tiger cub

TULSA, Okla. – A female Malayan tiger cub is doing well after being born at the Tulsa Zoo earlier this month. The announcement comes on International Tiger Day.

The cub was born on July 11, 2021, to mother, Ava, and father, Tahan, through Tulsa Zoo’s ongoing participation in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Malayan Tiger Species Survival Plan (SSP). This program works to ensure a sustainable population of these animals in our care. Malayan Tigers are native to the Malay Peninsula and are the national animal of Malaysia, but there are fewer than 250 in the wild due to threats such as habitat loss and poaching.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Ava’s cub as the newest member of the Tulsa Zoo,” said Zoological Curator of Mammals Jordan Piha. “Our keepers and veterinary staff are monitoring both Ava and her cub around the clock. We’re happy to report both animals are doing well.”

Ava has been very attentive to the female cub and has shown signs of healthy bonding and maternal instincts. Both she and the cub will stay in an off-exhibit area until Tulsa Zoo staff are confident the cub can navigate the exhibits safely.

The birth of Ava’s cub is the sixth Malayan tiger cub to be born at the Tulsa Zoo.

Watch the video shared to Twitter.


Animal Cruelty Task Force rescues 21 dogs in McDonald County

MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. – The Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) rescues 21 dogs in severe condition in McDonald County.

According to HSMO, the licensed breeder didn’t allow state inspectors on the property for more than a year. The Missouri Department of Agriculture then got a court order for immediate and unrestricted access to the facility.

The state inspectors went to the facility and found cause to return and remove the animals. They worked with the McDonald County Sheriff’s Office and the HSMO Animal Cruelty Task Force, which went to the property on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

Authorities got a warrant to search and rescue. The Animal Cruelty Task Force safely removed the dogs from outside kennels and an inside shelter. They rescued breeds including Boxer, Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier, and others.

Conditions of the Dogs

The Humane Society of Missouri states, “The rescued dogs have varying Body Condition Scores (BCS), including at least three with a BCS of 1 on a scale of 1 to 10. Unfortunately, evidence of several deceased dogs whose remains were disposed of recently, and one dog that died hours before rescuers arrived, were found on the property. The surviving animals arrived at HSMO’s St. Louis City headquarters at 11:45 p.m. yesterday. Today HSMO will begin triaging each dog, and they will receive professional and compassionate veterinary care and rehabilitation. As the animals recover and are eventually deemed healthy, HSMO hopes to make as many as possible available for adoption.”

“These dogs have been living in horrific conditions; the breeder’s neglect is inhumane and utterly reprehensible,” said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri. “Thankfully, our Animal Cruelty Task Force was able to act swiftly to rescue these abused animals from their appalling situation and bring them to safety.”

Contact Information for the Public

If you want to report an animal who may be in danger or is suffering from neglect or abuse, call the local police and the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Hotline at (314) 647-4400.

Donations: 314-951-1542

Humane Society of Missouri website: www.hsmo.org


Cherokee County Fair in full swing with 4-H Youth Dog Show

COLUMBUS, Kan. – It’s county fair time for several area counties and each one has its own set of events lined up.

In Cherokee County, Kansas Tuesday, they hosted a 4-H youth dog show. Nine kids presented 11 dogs to the judges and were graded based on the dogs’ appearance and how they handled agility and obedience tests.

The Cherokee County Fair runs until Saturday.



‘Very desperate situation:’ KC Pet Project reports drastic uptick in strays

Originally Published: 06 JUL 21 11:02 ET

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri (KCTV) — The month of June was a blur for workers and volunteers at KC Pet Project as they cared for a nearly record-breaking number of animals.

Typically, the shelter takes in about 1,000 pets from May to August but the shelter cared for about 1,400 animals last month.

Tori Fugate, Chief Communications Officer at KC Pet Project, says the rise in intake numbers has to do with a variety of factors but it occurred at the same time cities were lifting COVID-19 restrictions and mandates.

A large number of pets have been relinquished by their owners because the owners can’t financially afford to care for the pets anymore or were recently evicted.

Fugate says many of the strays at the shelter have never been in the system before.

“We can really tell that a lot of these are new animals, predominantly 1 to 3 is the average age that we’re seeing,” explained Fugate.

Workers are used to managing about 40 pet intakes a day, but that number increased to 80 some days in June.

Fugate said it is hard on staff to care for so many animals, but the shelter is always willing to make space and tries to never turn down an animal.

The Independence Day holiday added to the busy past few weeks at the shelter. Many pets get loose or run away when they get scared by fireworks.

Before noon Monday morning, the shelter had taken in more than 40 pets in a 24-hour period.

Fugate says that if the shelter continues seeing a large number of animals daily through July, it will face major space issues and will have to figure out how to handle the desperate situation.


How counterconditioning can help your pet this 4th of July

WEBB CITY, Mo. – A Webb City, Missouri dog trainer shares some tips on keeping your pup calm this 4th of July. It’s called “counterconditioning.” It’s a way to prepare your furry friend for the loud scary noises on Independence Day. You condition your dog for the noise, by paying a lower volume of noise and rewarding them.

Here are some tips for counterconditioning your pet.

  • Prepare in Advance: Use low volume recorded noise to start
  • Use a high-value (very delicious) known food.
  • Timing is important. The eating comes after the aversive stimulus.

Pittsburg officer removes python from front porch

PITTSBURG, Kan. – A Pittsburg police officer got quite the surprise when he was called to remove a snake from a resident’s front porch. Officer Spencer thought he would have be dealing with a garden snake but instead found a large python.

Authorities say slithering reptile was safely removed by Officer Spencer and was adopted by a “responsible individual who lives outside this community.