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ST. LOUIS – The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued 126 animals from a fellow shelter.

The animals, which include 49 medium-to-large dogs, 12 small breed dogs and 65 cats, were removed from the Lebanon Humane Society in Laclede County as the organization works to restructure and become compliant with state and federal statutes.

New Lebanon Humane Society President Judith Koch said that the shelter suffered from overcrowding and filthy conditions, which makes it impossible to currently care for the more than 125 animals.

The animals will arrive in St. Louis Wednesday and be examined by veterinarians, vaccinated and given parasite prevention and other medical treatment.

The Humane Society expects some of the animals could be available for adoption as soon as next week.

Donations of cat and dog toys, bed sheets and towels are being accepted at the Humane Society of Missouri's Macklind Avenue Adoption Center, which is located at 1201 Macklind Ave.

For more information on adopting one of the animals, visit the Humane Society of Missouri's website.

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