Several emaciated animals rescued from a hoarder in West Plains, Mo., last month are now healthy enough for adoption into new families, according to a local animal rescue. A female pug mix is currently available in Fenton.
Officials seized 50 domesticated animals, which are spread at shelters and foster homes from Springfield to St. Louis. Conditions were so bad that some dogs ate rocks, and required surgery to relieve the pain.
Fox2 reported dozens of animals were evacuated from the home after authorities arrived on Aug. 6, and that several would come through Sunset Hills to receive primary care before placement in rescues. The resident, who authorities said has several aliases but identified herself to press as S. Tara, told an Ozarks news station she felt forced into taking other peoples’ animals.
“There were about 130 animals,” said Wonder Weims Rescue representative Angie Pillman, which included five horses, a mule, goats, gaming pigeons, and a chinchilla. The resident had more than 20 cats and another two dozen dogs, many of which were kept in stacked cages outside. A skunk lived inside the house, Pillman said.
The Missouri Department of Conservation took the ‘odder animals,’ and worked on rehabilitating some to the wild. The cats were transported to Tri-County Animal Shelter in St. James, Mo. One volunteer near Buffalo, Mo., turned her home into a temporary holding place for 20 dogs, Pillman said.
Dogs were placed primarily through Wonder Weims to volunteer fosters from Springfield into St. Louis city limits. A few made their way to Open Door Animal Sanctuary in House Springs.
Aside from malnourishment, several dogs suffered dental issues. A red-boned coonhound named Ole Red “had been eating rocks because he had no food…. He had 12 teeth pulled, most of which were chipped. One tooth was rotted all the way from the bone to the sinus cavity,” she said.