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252 Rabbits, Goats, Chickens, Cats, Dogs and a Duck Rescued from Filth, Abuse in St. Clair

Categories: Animals

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Humane Society of Missouri
One of the rabbits rescued Tuesday from St. Clair.
The Humane Society of Missouri and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office rescued 253 animals, including 192 rabbits, 25 goats, 21 chickens, 10 cats, 4 dogs and a duck from a property near St. Clair on Tuesday.

The animals were living in filthy conditions on a property where, in 2010, 158 rabbits, dogs, cats, goats and fowl were also rescued, and the owner was restricted by the Franklin County Prosecutor from buying new animals for two years.

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Rabbits crammed into dirty cages on a property in St. Clair.
Clearly, two years wasn't enough. A concerned resident reported the property to the Humane Society of Missouri's Animal Cruelty Task Force, which joined with the sheriff's office to remove the animals Tuesday.

See also: Stray Rescue: 22 Dogs Rescued from North, East, South St. Louis This Weekend

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Feces piled below crammed rabbit cages
Feces was piled in the rabbits' cages, as well as more than a foot under the cages, says the Humane Society. The cages, which housed as many as ten cramped rabbits, were encrusted with dirt and hair. The rabbits had little to no shelter from the weather, and their drinking water was frozen, dirty and contaminated with feces.

The animals seemed to have received little to no veterinary care, including the goats, which are suffering from an upper-respiratory illness.

See also: Mysterious Good Samaritan Returns Stolen Maltese Puppies to Lake St. Louis Petland

The rescued rabbits, dogs and cats will be taken to the Humane Society shelter in St. Louis for triage and care. The goats, chickens and duck will be taken to the Humane Society of Missouri's Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union.

To report animal abuse, call 314-647-4400.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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jills21
jills21

So sad for those poor animals.  Living outdoors like that , no shelter and in filth.   it is now known how damaging wire is to their feet.  And yet, pet stores and supply stores continue to sell hutches for outdoor with wire bottoms.  It's about time people who DO know start to boycott and make it known how bad all the profitable habits are that go on at the expense of the animals welfare.  There is no excuse that the animal control didn't follow up.  This is not a small thing to overlook.  Those animals are not cared for.  We rescue rabbits here in California and they are cared for immaculately and all medical attention is given immediately.  Whatever her reason is it is not a good enough excuse.  I agree with the other person here, the control people fell down on the job.  Sort of the like the USDA overlooking animals cruelty at the factory farms.  I hope in our lifetime we see big changes made for the animals.  Every person can do something and it all matter.

Amy Schwalbert
Amy Schwalbert

I'd say this woman should be locked in a cage to rot in her own feces but, she probably already is. Here's hoping that karma gives her a big bitch slap.

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

There's no animal abuser registry, as there should be.

Jackie McGarry
Jackie McGarry

What the hell? Why is this bitch not in jail!?? PRISON

Janeice White
Janeice White

Yeah, ever since her first offense in 2010 when just as many animals were removed from her home, there should've been someone checking on her every 6 months since then. But you know what - The reality is that there's probably not enough people available to check up on the many crazy animal hoarders in one area.

Ellen Clark
Ellen Clark

Lock this person up. Appears she'll just keep doing it

Laurie Heupel
Laurie Heupel

once is enough and those animals should not suffer!

Bridget O'Leary
Bridget O'Leary

NPR reported that the woman has mental health issues (hoarding). Not excusing what she has done but it somewhat explains why she keeps getting more animals. It also further emphasizes the point that she needs help and they will need to keep monitoring her so this doesn't happen again.

Joan Reeves
Joan Reeves

Why isn't she being banned from raising animals for life?

Andrew D'Angelo
Andrew D'Angelo

But where were the blind deputies all this time, or the blind neighbors, or the blind municipal trash haulers that never saw this till now? You would have thought after the first time, they'd keep a little closer watch on her/her property. Figures...FRANKLIN COUNTY officials failed this one miserably.

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