Update: Still No Charges Filed! Urge Cass County Prosecutor to Consider Charges in Infamous Hoarding Case

Update (April 12, 2023): Charges have still not been filed. Please take action again on behalf of these dogs. New contacts have been added below.

Original post:

In November 2022, we called on you to ask officials in Cass County, Missouri, to rescue dozens of dogs from a horrific hoarding case that had gone on for nearly two decades. On December 22, 2022, officials removed 29 dogs from this property during a catastrophic winter storm and placed them with the Humane Society of Missouri. Thankfully, the shelter was awarded permanent custody and the dogs received care for conditions such as malnutrition, frostbite, and heartworm. Yet somehow, their alleged abuser has not been charged, despite what appear to be clear violations of MO §578.005, which requires that “wholesome food, clean water, [adequate] shelter and health care as necessary to maintain good health” be provided.

Dogs have only debris for “shelter” in subzero temperatures. (Photo taken on December 22, 2022)

We ask you to speak out on behalf of these dogs again by contacting the Cass County prosecuting attorney and requesting that charges be considered. Only through a conviction can sentencing provisions prevent repeat occurrences in hoarding cases.

Please call and e-mail polite comments to:

Ben Butler
Cass County Prosecuting Attorney
[email protected]

Sheriff Jeff Weber
[email protected]

Sgt. John Sutcliffe
[email protected]

Lt. Walter Burr
[email protected]

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