ST. CLAIR, Mo. (AP) — A Franklin County judge has ordered animals seized from a home to be returned to the owner.
The animals — 192 rabbits, 25 goats, 10 cats, 21 chickens, four dogs and a duck — were removed from 75-year-old Velma Muessemeyer's property near St. Clair, Mo., on Nov. 12. It was the second animal seizure there in less than four years.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that so far, the animals have not been returned.
Humane Society officials said at the time of the seizure that the animals lived in dirty and dangerous conditions. Muessemeyer was charged with 21 misdemeanor animal abuse counts.
Franklin County Associate Circuit Judge David Tobben said in a ruling last week that there was no evidence that most of the animals were in danger.
One St. Louis organization is offering to spay female dogs for low-income families.
The $20 fee for the procedure also includes some pampering for your pooch. She will get her nails trimmed and painted, get a paw massage, ear cleaning, and an overnight stay at the Carol House Quick Fix Pet Clinic Hotel and Spa. The group is also offering low-cost vaccinations.
Proof of low-income or government assistance is requires. Dog owners from both Missouri and Illinois are invited to attend. Reservations are required by calling 314.771.PETS (7387).
CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law new rules for tethering a dog outside.
Quinn says the legislation ensures dogs are treated humanely.
The Illinois Democrat says dogs bring unconditional love and comfort to their owners' lives and become "part of our families." He says the new law makes sure "our pets receive the same love and care they give us."
The measure requires the leash used to tether a dog to be at least 10 feet long and to not exceed one-eighth of a dog's body weight. It also says people who don't provide sufficient food, water, shelter and veterinary care could be subject to up to six months imprisonment.
The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Dan Burke, a Chicago Democrat, and Sen. Linda Holmes, a Democrat from Aurora.