29 dogs recovered from breeder in Ozark County

Wednesday the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department assisted the Humane Society of Missouri’s (HSMO) Animal Cruelty Task Force to recover 29 Lakeland Terriers from a formerly licensed breeder in Ozark County. The Missouri Department of Agriculture, who also assisted with the recovery efforts, placed the dogs in the custody of the Humane Society of Missouri.

According to the HSMO, the individual was a former licensed breeder who was continuing to breed without proper permissions and required licenses. All recovered dogs were mostly adult-aged, with five younger than seven months old.

They state the health and socialization of the recovered dogs varies, with one dog missing its entire ear, and several suffering from past injuries, minor lacerations, and tissue damage.

HSMO expects to make them available for adoption after they have been rehabilitated. No adoption inquiries are being taken at this time.

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