Missouri Humane Society rescues 150 dogs, tiger

Thursday, February 19, 2009 | 1:46 p.m. CST; updated 4:28 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 19, 2009

SENECA — More than 150 dogs and a Bengal tiger were rescued from a substandard dog breeding facility near Seneca.

The action Thursday in Newton County marks the Missouri Humane Society's second major puppy mill rescue in less than a week.

The dogs include 30 puppies and four pregnant animals. The adult tiger was taken to the zoo in Springfield.

The dogs' cages were covered with animal waste, and the animals had no food or water.

On Feb. 13, the group rescued 100 Yorkies in Greene County.

The Newton County breeder has prior animal welfare violations. But a state seizure of 150 dogs two years ago did not result in charges.

The rescued dogs will be treated and housed in St. Louis pending a March 9 custody hearing.


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