253 animals rescued from Franklin Co. property

ST. CLAIR, Mo. (KSDK) – More than 200 animals were rescued from property near St. Clair, Mo. Tuesday.

The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued 192 domestic rabbits, 25 goats, 21 chickens, 10 cats, four dogs, and one duck. A spokesperson with the Humane Society of Missouri says all of the animals were found living in filthy conditions, with feces piled in the wire-bottom cages.

An HSMO spokesperson says as many as 10 rabbits were found in several of the cages, and drinking water was found frozen and contaminated with feces.

Some of the goats appear to have upper respiratory illnesses.

Three years ago, 158 animals were rescued from the same property.

The rabbits, dogs, and cats have been taken to HSMO's headquarters in the City of St. Louis for care. The goats, chickens, and duck will be taken to HSMO's Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, Mo. for care.


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