Animals taken from home in Maries County

Friday, September 28, 2012 | 7:27 a.m. CDT; updated 10:14 a.m. CDT, Friday, September 28, 2012

VIENNA — About 40 animals were seized from a central Missouri home because they appeared to be malnourished.

Maries Sheriff Chris Heitman said Thursday he expects criminal charges to be filed against the homeowner.

Rescuers seized dogs, goats, pigs, cows and horses from a home just north of Vienna.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that Heitman says deputies found several animals that were without food and water. They also found remains of at least six horses and numerous cows and pigs.

The Humane Society of Missouri said in a news release the rescued horses and goats were taken to the society's ranch in Union, while the rabbits and dogs were taken to the Humane Society's St. Louis headquarters. Some of the goats, pigs, sheep and cattle remain on the property.

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