Animals Rescued from Neglected Lebanon Humane Society

By Chris Eidson

Published 08/27 2014 09:48PM

Updated 08/27 2014 10:12PM

LEBANON, Mo. -- More than 100 dogs and cats from the Lebanon Humane Society were removed from the shelter Wednesday morning and taken to other shelters in St. Louis.

On August 8 when the new Lebanon board members took over they found the building dirty and neglected.

Wednesday they asked other shelters to rescue those animals so they can begin the process of turning the shelter around.

When Judith Koch took charge of the Lebanon Humane Society three weeks ago, she had no idea how badly the shelter needed help.

"What we found when we got there was an out of control situation," Judith Koch, Board President to Lebanon Humane Society said.

Dogs and cats were being kept for multiple years, so the shelter was over capacity.

"The Humane Society of Missouri offered to help us with all of our animals," she said.

Wednesday morning all 126 dogs and cats at the Laclede County shelter were taken to St. Louis.

"Somewhere that they have a chance of getting adopted," Koch said.

Now the shelter is empty so they can start addressing the mess.

"It was filthy. Every single cage needs to be sanitized. Some of these cages we were removing out there had feces that was no telling how old," she said.

She said that cleaning will be followed by a full inspection by the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

"To find everything that needs to be brought up to code," she said.

Koch said new operating procedures need to be put into place so that this doesn't ever happen again.

"We don't want to lose focus of what our purpose is to help these animals find forever homes," she said.

There is no timeline for re-opening the shelter for animals.

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