The Humane Society raids an unlicensed breeder and rescues 19 dogs and puppies


Over the weekend, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT) rescued 19 dogs from an unlicensed breeder in Urbana.

Conducted in coordination with the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, the ACT was able to rescue all dogs and puppies at the facility, the majority of which are newborn puppies.

The 19 dogs included two French and English Mastiff mothers with six two-week-old and nine one-week-old puppies respectively. Two lab-mastiff mixes around 3 months old were also rescued.

“The puppies are still very young. Many of them don’t even have their eyes open yet,” Humane Society spokesman Gary Lowder said. “So they’re still very dependent on those mothers on their mums. But you know, when they can be weaned from their mothers, they’ll go through veterinary treatments…and then they’ll be put up for adoption on a case–case-by-case basis. case.”

The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force led the rescue of 19 dogs from an unlicensed breeder in Urbana, MO.

According to their press release, this is not the Humane Society‘s first encounter with the unauthorized breeder. In October 2021, ACT rescued nearly 100 dogs from the former licensed breeder, operating as Cridder Creek Kennel, then Little Miracles Kennel, in Hickory County.

The facility was deemed unable to maintain humane conditions for its dogs in January 2021 and currently has a permanent ban on acquiring a license to breed animals. The facility has continued to breed dogs despite being denied a license to do so and is the subject of ongoing litigation by the Missouri Attorney General’s office.

“We will do everything in our power to ensure that rescued dogs and their puppies have a second chance at a happier life,” said Humane Society President Kathy Warnick. “We are grateful to the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Attorney General’s Office for their persistent work on behalf of the animals trapped by this rancher’s relentless cycle of neglect and abuse. This is an important reminder of the vital importance of effective animal welfare laws in saving abused animals in Missouri.

According to their press release, the ACT is one of the largest animal rescue/disaster response teams in the United States. The 15-member team annually travels over 350,000 miles, responds to over 10,000 abuse/neglect reports and assists over 20,000 animals.

The majority of rescued puppies are very young and still dependent on their mothers. Those who are old enough are being evaluated and should be made available for adoption on a case-by-case basis. Readers can support the care of these dogs and puppies by donating at

To report an animal that may be in danger or is suffering from neglect or abuse, call local law enforcement and the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Hotline at (314) 647-4400.

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Jennifer R. Strohm