Humane Society Dog Rescue

Humane Society Dog Rescue
By: CJ Cassidy

DUNKLIN COUNTY, MO - - H
umane
S
ociety investigators rescued
more than 100
dogs from
M
argaret
C
handler's property
in Dunklin County, Tuesday.

I
nvestigators say most of the dogs appear to be suffering from a variety of illnesses.

E
ven more distressing, however
,
is that this isn't the first time animals have been taken from her property.

C
handler never faced charges stemming from a 2001 incident
, and investigators don't know if she will face charges this time around, although they plan on making recommendations to prosecutors that Chandler at least receive some type of counseling along with neglect charges.

T
he
Se
nath
C
ity
A
ttorney admits he helped get
C
handler a certificate to operate a non profit corporation called the
S
enath
H
umane
S
ociety.

A
certificate though
,
not a license
,
only the
S
tate
D
epartment of
A
griculture can grant a license
,
and that's where things get sticky.

"W
e've seen evidence of what we think is mange
, and
secondary infections caused by mange, we've got overgrown toenails possibly broken limbs
, eye and ear infections," Kyle Held with the Humane Society says.

Held calls it one
of the largest rescues from a single home.
Altogether, c
rews loaded up 140 dogs from
C
handler's property
,
40 of them lived inside the house.

"I
n the case of a lot of hoarders they actually think they're doing good for the animals providing for the animals in every way, when in fact majority of them can't possibly care for that many animals
," Held says.

Many
of the 170 dogs investigators took away from
Chandler's house five
years ago
had to be put to sleep.

"The o
wner realized there was a problem,
and I
wanted to take the high road
, and
give her the option of transferring animals without any kind of consequences on
the
agreement this wouldn't happen again.
U
nfortunately that agreement didn't go through
," held tells Heartland News.

C
handler's friends claim she didn't have a choice
.

"The
problem
is,
she has people drop off dogs here all the time they know she will take care of them she names them loves them houses them
," David Bristow says. He and his wife
helped
C
handler set up a non profit corporation called the
S
enath
H
umane
S
ociety to take care of all the strays.

"M
argie's got a heart as big as
T
exas
. I
think something needs to be done but stuff like this is gonna hurt her.
S
he tries
as
hard as she can,
she's
not deliberately abusing animals she
just
doesn't get
the
help she needs
," Bristow says.

H
elp is here now and as they rescue sick animal after sick animal
,
the
H
umane
S
ociety is reminded that the best of intentions don't always lead to the best of care.

The Humane Society is always accepting donations, and say they can certainly use some now.