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The Humane Society of Missouri working with the Howell County Sheriff's Department seized around two hundred animals Tuesday from a property in Pomona, Missouri. A humane society investigator says conditions at the property were unsanitary with neglected, injured and dead animals. The property owner told investigators that he didn't do anything wrong. KSMU's Joe Morgan explains the conditions of the property as well as the next steps in the investigation.
The Howell County Sheriff's Department had searched the property numerous times over the past three weeks and informed the owner that conditions needed to be improved. The sheriff's department says there was no improvement so the Humane Society of Missouri was called in to evaluate the situation. Humane Society of Missouri's Director of Rescue and Investigation Tim Rickey explains what was done to warn the owner of the concerning conditions.
Last Thursday, the Howell County Sheriff's Department contacted the humane society again saying that there were now more animals as well as some dead animals on the property. Rickey explains what came next.
On Tuesday, a team of six animal rescue professionals, four animal handlers and an independent veterinarian arrived at the property to explore the conditions. Rickey says after witnessing very thin horses, dead poultry and almost all animals lacking food and water, the veterinarian made a critical decision.
Around 200 animals have been removed from the property, some of which will be taken to the Humane Society's Longmeadow rescue Ranch in Union, Missouri and others will be taken to the Humane Society's St. Louis City Headquarters for medical care. Rickey says the owner doesn't understand why he's in trouble.
Rickey says that multiple animal abuse charges will probably be filed against the property owner to attempt to keep him from doing this again. The decision will be up to a Howell County judge.
Rickey says that the Humane Society hates having cases like this but he is glad that everyone cooperated to make the situation go rather well considering the circumstances. For KSMU News, I'm Joe Morgan.