Justice for Small Dogs Allegedly Forced to Live in Filthy Barn

Target: Hugh C. Jenkins, Prosecutor, Bates County, Missouri

Goal: Harshly punish breeders accused of forcing 27 dogs to live in their own urine and feces.

Nearly 30 dogs are in the care of the Humane Society of Missouri after being rescued from the home of a suspected breeder. The 27 dogs, all Yorkshire Terriers, were found living outside and in barns by the Humane Society’s Animal Cruelty Task Force, who found the dogs while following up on a call from a concerned neighbor. Most of the dogs, some as young as 6 weeks old, were being kept outside with little more than a barn and a horse trailer for shelter. Officials suspect that without intervention, many of the animals would not have survived the winter.

The barn that the dogs were kept in was reportedly filled with urine and feces all over the floors, as well as several cramped and dirty crates for the dogs. Many of the dogs were found to be suffering from health issues, and investigators suspect that they were denied veterinary care. The health conditions include severe flea infestation, severe hair loss and matting of the hair, as well as dental disease. These were only the immediately apparent health issues — more are expected to surface after blood tests and veterinary exams are fully completed.

This sort of alleged for-profit animal abuse by breeders must be stopped. Authorities must take this case seriously in order to ensure that this and other breeders hold the welfare of their animals at the utmost importance. Sign the petition below to ask the prosecutor to punish these breeders harshly, if they are found guilty.


Dear Mr. Jenkins,

Nearly 30 dogs were recently found forced to live in a filthy barn. The barn was filled with small, cramped cages and feces and urine. Investigators, who responded to a call from a concerned neighbor, say that the small Yorkshire Terriers, some as young as 6 weeks old, would not have survived the winter in the shelter they were given.

Breeders such as these often put profit above the welfare of animals. In order to stop this, we must start taking these types of crimes more seriously. In order to save more dogs from this treatment and deter future animal abusers, we ask that you seek the maximum possible punishment against the breeders, if they are found guilty.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Humane Society Bates County

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  2. This is why we are passing laws that will put these businesses out of business. Shut them down.

  3. Barton Dixon says:

    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein
    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer

  4. Come on Missouri!! Why are you allowing these puppy mills to abuse innocent animals!!!

  5. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    This is why ALL puppy mills should be shut down and “breeders” should be regulated. Missouri has an ABYSMAL record of animal abuse, Ag-gag laws and rampant violations. Animal abuse is a serious crime. Treating animals as commodities is totally unacceptable. These are all sentient living beings.

  6. Puppy mills, just like any other abuse wheather it be factory farming, animal experimentation or animals used for entertainment or just that. Abuse. Please end it.

  7. Jaime Perez says:

    Puppy mills are hell on earth for the innocent animals who are forced to live in them. Owners of these disgusting places need to be hugely fined and jailed for extreme animal abuse!

  8. Mongoose Jones says:

    the USDA could stop THIS and all other puppy mills, by not routinely signing off their yearly applications…..but they won’t….! CONTACT THE USDA!

  9. The USDA MUST stop this sickening cruelty! What is wrong with these employees? Do they hate animals?!
    Maybe they need new jobs–ones where they care about what they are doing and attempt to protect innocent and helpless living creatures–instead of cover up for greedy breeders!

    Puppy mill owners horribly abuse dogs (cats). Many get very ill, never receiving vet care, and live in fear. Often they die. Ignorant people who purchase these poor little dogs (in this case many young puppies), end up with sick animals.

    These breeders are greedy monsters. What kind of government allows this cruelty to continue?! There is entirely too much unnecessary suffering of sentient beings

  10. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Make these asswipes live in a dirty barn with no way out❗️?
    Signed & shared. ?

  11. as above, the longer and more painful the better, vile low life

  12. sheila menache says:

    All these people see is money – one day that money will be their downfall – greed comes back to bite them

  13. Deal with this animal abusers now do same to them. The laws need to change and people need to be on a register and breeders who want an animal and no backyard breeders. It all must go through a animal welfare. Too MANY UNWANTED AND ABUSED ANIMALS .tO BUY NEED TO BE CHECKED BEFORE PURCHASING.


  15. People like these would need to be monitored where-ever they move. Most likely they will re-offend in another area.
    Punishment: put them to work, ideally on a chain-gang.

  16. Hi Jay!
    I’m the public relations consultant for the Texas Humane Legislation Network! Would love to put you in touch with staff about future collaboration on tethering legislation in the coming legislative session.
    Please get in touch at your convenience!


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