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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – Tuesday, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force will bring 39 rescued Chihuahuas and other small mixed breeds to its St. Louis headquarters.

The Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued the dogs from Carter County, where the pet owner had attempted to put them all in one crate, load them in a truck and dump them alongside a highway, according to the Humane Society of Missouri.

The owner surrendered the dogs to the organization.

Many of the dogs, which includes three newborns and four 6-week-old puppies, have severe matting and hair loss, overgrown nails and external parasites.

Veterinarians and veterinary technicians will check them out upon arrival.

The Humane Society has asked for donations of toys for small dogs, bed sheets and towels, and those can be brought to the Adoption Center, which is located at 1201 Macklind Avenue.

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