Police: Animal hoarding and neglect found in Ripley Co.

RIPLEY COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Police and animal rescue officials rescued 43 animals from a property in Ripley County.

This comes after an investigation of neglected dogs and horses at a home just off of Highway U near Doniphan.  Animal rescue officials also found dead animals on the property.

"We think she moved some of the animals," said Humane Society investigator Darin Shell. "There were more dogs here a few days ago. The skinniest ones are gone."

The animals were reportedly terribly malnourished and dehydrated while living in dirty conditions.

"That horse is standing in about 12 inches of manure," said Sheriff Ron Barnett. "We won't tolerate this kind of thing."

As of now veterinarians do not believe any of the animals will have to be euthanized and will be taken to the Humane Society in St. Louis to get into better health.

Investigators with the Mo. State Highway Patrol, Ripley Co. Sheriff's Department and the Humane Society found more than 10 dogs, 3 horses, an iguana, rabbits, rats, chickens, cats and other animals on the property.

There is no running water in the trailer home or on the property and conditions were not fit for humans or animals, according to police.  Neighbors tell Heartland News the smelly and unsightly conditions have existed for as long as they can remember.

"Unfortunately as the economy declines this happens more and more," said Shell. "Animal abuse is a serious thing."

Also, the Division of Family Services has been called in to investigate as officials have reason to believe there are two small children living on the property, according to officials.

Neglect charges are pending against the middle-aged woman, according to investigators.

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