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Judge Orders Return Of 252 Animals: "No Credible Evidence" of Abuse

Categories: Animals

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

Goodale tells Daily RFT that the facts of the case support his client.

"I think after a full and fair trial on the merits of the case, the truth came out," he says.

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A Humane Society photo of one of rabbit cages on Muessemeyer's property.
However, this ruling doesn't mark the end of Muessemeyer's troubles. She still faces criminal charges in Franklin County, and the Humane Society is in no rush to return the animals.

"We have concerns about returning animals to someone who has criminal charges of animal abuse pending," says Jae, "Our intention is to gain permanent custody of the animals rather than be reimbursed for the cost to provide the ongoing medical care and recovery. Our hope is that ultimately we are able to offer as many of these animals for adoption as possible."

Here's Judge Tobben's final ruling.

Muessemeyer Judgement

Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_Towski. E-mail the author at Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com


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31 comments
Amy L Latham
Amy L Latham

I am sad for my state. Ppl will do anything to make a buck.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

We have a process using judges to keep unelected bureaucrats from running amuck with a power trip. why is following the constitutional guarantees so outrageous to some? Yes, I am against animal cruelty, but this person would not escape with all these animals in the time it would take to get a search warrant and report back the findings to the judge for proper legal action. Even if that was the fear, an officer could remain on the property until the judge ruled.

Cliff Johnson
Cliff Johnson

I've seen that place for years. It is not that bad.

Adm Greg Brown
Adm Greg Brown

Missouri: 1st in puppy mills, 1st in animal abuse!

Anne Baker
Anne Baker

The person has 252 animals. That in itself is abuse. Holy cow.

Jamie Smith
Jamie Smith

he's an idiot, they had plenty of proof and she had been convicted of abuse and neglect before and only got probation then....

Jimmie Thomptson
Jimmie Thomptson

most likely the same judge that puts the thugs right back out on the streets...

Shawnette Thebeau
Shawnette Thebeau

Missouri is SO backwards in so many ways. Lately I'm ashamed to say I'm from this state.

Mark Swain
Mark Swain

The Judge is obviously in the pocket of the breeding industry which runs rampant in the MO

Tony Groeblinghoff
Tony Groeblinghoff

I thought you always needed proof of abuse? Does the humane society not need proof to take your pets? I am confused.

Sherry Moore
Sherry Moore

Lately it seems the only times Missouri makes the news, are the times we deserve to be embarrassed. ..

Meagan Starwalt
Meagan Starwalt

I agree let's lock the judge in a cage with his shit!!!

Kristy Lytle
Kristy Lytle

This judge needs a wake up call... or a different job.

Amanda Kenney
Amanda Kenney

I don't understand how somewhere unfit for children could possibly be ok for 252 animals, most of which are conceivably meant to be pets. At least they aren't there now with this horrible weather!

Mindy Johnson
Mindy Johnson

The judge should spend some time sleeping in his own feces and drinking contaminated water.....then we can explain to him it isn't neglect, it's just messy.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

If they had plenty of evidence, it should have been simple to show the judge the evidence for a quick restraining order to seize the animals. Why is following the legal procedures so difficult of a concept?

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

Wonderful. Let's call people names when they disagree with us. Very productive.

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