Dozens of animals have been rescued from a hoarding situation in Bates County, Missouri, and even seasoned rescue workers said they were stunned.
Nearly 50 animals were rescued from the home after the homeowner was caught for a third time hoarding animals.
“These animals have been living in cramped inhumane conditions in crates full of filth, for we don’t know how long,” The Humane Society of Missouri (HSOM) said.
The HSOM said it was one of their most jarring cases, and that this wasn’t the first — or second — time the property had problems.
“14 months ago the windows were boarded shut so there was no natural light inside the house,” the Human Society said. “So the animals were living in perpetual darkness.”
Doctors and other St. Louis veterinarians said they will treat the rescued animals once they are brought there.
“The animals that come in are going to be coming in with dehydration and extensive eye, ear, and skin infections,” Doctor Mark Wright said. “Internal and external parasites.”
Law enforcement said the homeowner was out on bond from her previous case when she began hoarding again.
In 2017, the Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued more than 100 animals from the home.
Over the course of eight years, this homeowner is accused of hoarding nearly 200 animals, according to the task force.
The HSMO said they cannot release the name of the suspect in this case.
Once treated, these animals will be put up for adoption.