Working in cooperation with the Gasconade County Sheriff’s Department, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force is rescuing 14 starving, near death horses from a property near Rosebud, Missouri. The horses appear to be severely underweight and have no access to fresh water. Nine deceased horses also were found on the property.
The Gasconade County Sheriff’s Department received an anonymous call on Monday notifying the Sheriff’s Department of dead horses on the property. The Sheriff’s Department then contacted the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force to assist in the investigation and possible rescue of the surviving horses. The Gasconade Sheriff’s Department served a warrant to remove the animals today.
The rescued horses will be taken to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, MO. The animals will remain in the custody of the Humane Society of Missouri until the disposition hearing scheduled for February 10, 2010 in Hermann, MO.
If custody of the horses is awarded to the Humane Society of Missouri, as many of the animals as possible will be made available for adoption. Due to their poor condition, it may be several weeks following the disposition hearing before many of the horses would be available for adoption.