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(St. Louis) – The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force has announced that they have rescued ten critically ill Basset Hound puppies from a licensed breeding facility in Douglas County Friday, July 18.

All of the ten-week-old puppies were very thin to emaciated, had varying degrees of pneumonia and were suffering from internal and external parasites and serious ear and eye infections. Humane Society officials say three were so emaciated and sick with pneumonia they were immediately taken to a critical care facility for intensive treatment. One of those puppies has returned to the Humane Society of Missouri, while two remain in intensive care.

The rescue took place at the request of the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture whose inspectors and veterinarians found the puppies were in a life-threatening situation and advised that they be immediately removed from the location. Three of the original 13 littermates died prior to the involvement of the Humane Society of Missouri.

“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, 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.”

As part of the on-going investigation, the Humane Society of Missouri will share medical reports on each animal with MDA. Officials say that, based on medical reports, the group will recommend prosecution.

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