Update: December 19, 2013 Judge Dave Tobben orders rabbits and other animals to be returned to abuser! http://fourleggedfriendsandenemies.blogspot.com/2013/12/judge-dave-tobben-orders-rabbits-and.html
The rabbits, goats and chickens seized from Mrs. Muessemeyer are farm animals. The dogs, cats and duck are not. The questions with respect to the farm animals is whether Respondent’s care for and treatment of the farm animals falls within “normal or accepted practices of animal husbandry”. Based upon the foregoing, the Court finds that the State has failed to show that the rabbits were not being cared for so as to remove them from the exemption of Section 578.007.
With respect to the goats and chickens, the Court reaches the same conclusion. There was no credible evidence that the dogs or cats have been neglected.Therefore, it is Ordered, Adjudged and Decreed that the animals seized on November 12, 2013, with the exception of those that have died or have been euthanized, shall be returned to Respondent.
November 12, 2013 Animal Cruelty Task Force Rescues Over 250 Animals Animals living in deplorable conditions
Working in cooperation with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force today is rescuing over 250 animals from a property near St. Clair, Missouri. The animals include: 192 domestic rabbits, 25 goats, 10 cats, 21 chickens, four dogs, one duck. All of the animals were living in filthy conditions. The rabbits were housed in raised wire-bottom cages with feces piled in the cages as well as more than a foot under the cages. Many of the cages were encrusted with dirt and hair and have little to no shelter from the weather. Most cages held multiple rabbits, as many as 10 rabbits were crammed in each of several cages. Water for many of the animals was frozen, dirty and contaminated with feces. The goats appear to be suffering from an upper respiratory illness. The cats and other animals which were inside a home on the property also were living in extremely filthy conditions. The animals have received little to no veterinary care.
MO Humane Society Task Force Animal Cruelty Reports/Video 2010/2013 http://www.hsmo.org/news/animal-cruelty-task-force.html