Working in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force, the Johnson County Sheriff's Department served a search warrant that rescued 45 Chihuahua,Chihuahua-mix dogs, Shih Tzus and one rabbit from an unlicensed breeding facility in rural southwest Johnson County,Mo.
The search warrant was served at the residence of Aaron Bishop near Garden City this morning. The dogs, 42 adults and three 2-3 week old puppies, were found living inside the residence in extremely unsanitary conditions. Many were housed in wire crates stacked on top of each other with two to three animals per crate, living in piles of their own waste. No food or water was available to most of the dogs. According to the Veterinarian with the Missouri Department of Agriculture on the scene, Several of the dogs are underweight, many are infested with parasites, have eye infections and are encrusted with feces on their paws and legs. The rabbit had inadequate shelter and no food or water. The animals were removed at the recommendation of the veterinarian, and were transported to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Headquarters in St. Louis.
A disposition hearing is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16th in Warrensburg to determine custody of the animals. If custody is awarded to the Humane Society of Missouri, as many of the animals as possible will be made available for adoption. The Humane Society of Missouri will be recommending animal abuse charges in this case.