Reportedly, officials in Cass County, Missouri, have been aware of an apparent hoarding situation on S. Roush Road in the town of Pleasant Hill for nearly two decades, but somehow conditions go relatively unchanged, as dozens of dogs are suffering at any given time. Photos apparently of the property as well as eyewitness accounts and media reports paint a grim picture of skeletal animals wandering a trash-strewn landscape like hungry ghosts or chained to rusty vehicles and debris preposterously meant to serve as “shelter” during Missouri’s notorious winters.
Local activists tell PETA caseworkers that the owner has repeatedly declined offers of free doghouses and other assistance, that multiple dogs have evidently frozen to death over the years, and that they are frustrated with officials who have reportedly done little to nothing, even though conditions at the property clearly appear to violate MO §578.005, which requires that wholesome food, clean water, and adequate shelter be provided. PETA caseworkers have pressed hard for action, but getting answers has been like pulling teeth, and the sheriff’s department will only say, “This is under investigation”—which is apparently a tired, empty mantra. Your voice is needed!
Please contact the following Cass County authorities to demand urgent intervention in behalf of these animals, with consideration given to the filing of charges if appropriate and the prompt confiscation of the animals. Please use the phone numbers below, NOT 911.
- Sheriff Jeff Weber
- Sergeant John Sutcliffe
- Lieutenant Walter Burr
- Prosecutor Ben Butler
(816) 380-8250 and (816) 380-8252
- Bob Huston, Presiding Commissioner
- Monty Kisner, Associate Commissioner District 1
- Ryan Johnson, Associate Commissioner District 2
- Cass County Commissioners Office