Two severely malnourished dogs have died since they were rescued from an 80-acre property outside of Pleasant Hope, Mo., in Polk County, the Humane Society of Missouri said Tuesday.
The rescue operation involved nearly 400 animals, including more than 50 dogs and dozens of cats, exotic birds, and rabbits, according to humane investigators. Animals are being treated for upper respiratory problems, and are slowly gaining weight.
Many of the dogs are anemic as a result of severe flea infestations and internal hookworms and whipworms, according to the humane society, which took most of the animals to headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. Dogs have been dewormed and are being treated for mange, a parasitic infection that causes itching and hair loss.
The humane society said the animals will receive proper nutrition and health checks in the coming weeks to help improve their health. A disposition hearing is set for Sept. 2 in Polk County to determine custody of the animals.
Details about the property owners were not released, but a female was arrested and is in custody, according to the prosecuting attorney’s office in Bolivar, Mo. Animal charges are expected, however; no further details were available as of Tuesday.