Thirty-one animals rescued by Boone County Animal Control were turned over to the Central Missouri Humane Society on Monday.

The 17 cats and 14 dogs were originally taken in by Animal Control. After a residential fire in August in which the animals were rescued, the animals were turned back over to the owner after finding no sufficient evidence of animal abuse, according to Jason Wilcox, the senior planner at Boone County Animal Control.

But by Oct. 31, Animal Control obtained enough evidence to seize the animals, and the owner voluntarily gave them up.

Some of the rescued animals suffered from urine scald, respiratory infection and dental disease, according to a Humane Society news release.

Michelle Casey, associate director of the Central Missouri Humane Society, said the Humane Society expects the animals to make full recoveries.

The animals are currently in foster homes. Among them are several purebred dogs, such as poodles, Pomeranians, King Charles spaniels, beagles, a papillon and a Japanese Chin.

The Central Missouri Humane Society will begin accepting adoption applications Wednesday.

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