The Humane Society of Missouri rescued 38 dogs and cats from an unlicensed, self-proclaimed animal rescue in Ripley County.

A concerned citizen alerted the Humane Society’s Animal Cruelty Hotline to the conditions in the home where most of the animals and two people were living.

Most of the animals are puppies from three litters ranging from newborns to eight and nine-week-old beagle and hound mixes. The Humane Society says the cats were living throughout the home in rooms covered in feces and urine. Investigators believe the animals had little to no veterinary care.

“There is no excuse for keeping defenseless animals in such horrid conditions,” said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri. “We are glad we can bring these puppies, dogs and cats to safety. Our expert veterinary and shelter staff will do everything we can to rehabilitate them and find them the loving homes they deserve.”

The animals will be examined by the medical staff in St. Louis and will be up for adoption as soon as possible.

Donations of cat and dog toys, long-cut shredded paper, newspapers, towels, blankets and sheets may be dropped off at the Humane Society of Missouri’s adoption center, 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63110. Monetary donations to provide for the animals’ care may be made at or by calling 314-951-1542.