Humane Society recovers 29 dogs from formerly licensed Lakeland Terrier breeder in Ocie

On Jan. 4, the Humane Society of Missouri's Animal Cruelty Task Force recovered 29 Lakeland Terriers from a formerly licensed breeder in Ozark County. HSMO indicates the dogs have been neglected. They have been transfered to the organization's shelter for care and rehabilitation. It is expected that all the dogs will be available for adoption after they recover. 

Ozark County Sheriff Cass Martin told the Times Thursday morning that his office is involved in a case in which the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force recovered 29 Lakeland Terriers from an Ocie-area property in Ozark County Jan. 4.

The 29 dogs were taken from a formerly-licensed breeder, whose name is not yet been released. Most are adult-aged, the HSMO says, but there are five dogs younger than 7 months. 

The sheriff says the OCSD is awaiting the results of a veterinarian exam to determine if criminal charges will be filed.

A news release from the Humane Society states that the recovery efforts were conducted in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, who has now placed the dogs in the HSMO’s custody.

The individual whose property the dogs were recovered from is a formerly-licensed breeder, and it was recently discovered that he or she was continuing to breed dogs without the proper permissions and licenses required to do so, the press release said. 

The health and socialization of the recovered dogs varies, but the organization has said that one dog was missing its entire ear, and several other dogs are suffering from past injuries, minor lacerations and tissue damage. 

HSMO expects to make the dogs available for adoption after they have been rehabilitated. 

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