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More than 100 dogs have been rescued from a breeding compound in Camden County. KSMU’s Justin Lux has the story.
Many of the dogs arrived in a 60 foot animal trailer around midday at the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri in Springfield. Among the 100 rescued were many small breeds, including Dachsunds, Malteses and Shih Tzus.
The dogs were removed at the request of the breeder, who was no longer able to afford caring for the dogs.
KSMU spoke with the executive director of the Humane Society in Springfield, Lesly Thurman, right before the dogs arrived. While she didn’t know exactly what to expect, she said dogs in similar cases usually arrive in poor shape.
“They come in pretty severely matted and sometimes that causes skin conditions, so we expect to see that. Typically they’re teeth are not in very good shape. A lot of times they need dentals because they have gum infections and teeth that need to be pulled,” says Thurman.
Missouri continues to draw negative attention to itself as the largest exporter of dogs in the country, according to the ASPCA. It is home to more than 3,000 commercial dog breeding facilities-- that represents more than 20% of the breeding facilities in the nation.
For KSMU News, I’m Justin Lux.