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Deputies Find Dead and Neglected Animals at Home Near Galena

STONE COUNTY, Mo. -- Deputies arrived to find 15 dogs, 11 horses, 5 cats, a duck and one chicken -- all neglected on the property. At least three horses were found dead, in addition to a dead dog.

GALENA, Mo. -- Stone County deputies and the Humane Society of Missouri rescued several animals at a home near Galena Tuesday morning.

The search warrant was served around 9:30 a.m. on a county road near Highway 248, just west of Galena.

Deputies arrived to find 15 dogs, 10 horses, 5 cats, a duck and one chicken -- all neglected on the property. At least two horses were found dead, in addition to a dog inside the home.

The Humane Society says seven of the horses are severely underweight and have had little access to food, fresh water, adequate pasture or veterinary care. The cats appear thin and many  of the dogs are tethered outside with little to no access to adequate food or clean water.

Amy Allan, who lives at the home, was charged with animal neglect earlier this month. Stone County Sheriff Richard L. Hill says investigators attempted to contact Allan on several occasions in the months ahead of her arrest on October 9, 2012 (see court documents below). She'd since posted bond.

Ms. Allan was made aware of the poor health conditions her animals were in and was advised to seek proper care and veterinary services in reference to these animals," says Sheriff Hill. "Ms. Allan to date has been unable, or unwilling to do so."

Sheriff Hill says Allan was counseled the day after her release by a District Veterinarian with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Health on what urgently needed to occur for the well being of the animals remaining at her residence.

However, new reports came in on October 15 about poor health conditions.

Tuesday's search included the Stone County Sheriff's Office, Humane Society of Missouri and rescue staff including a District Veterinarian with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Health.

The live animals were removed at the recommendation of a veterinarian for the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

The rescued horses, duck and chicken are being transported to the Humane Society of Missouri's Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, Mo. The rescued dogs and cats will arrive Tuesday evening at the Humane Society of Missouri's Headquarters on Macklind Avenue in St. Louis, Mo.

A disposition hearing to determine custody of the animals is scheduled for later this month in Galena.

If custody is awarded to the Humane Society of Missouri, as many of the animals as possible will be made available for adoption. The Humane Society of Missouri will be recommending animal abuse charges in this case.

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