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Woman could be charged for dumping puppies in Greene County

By Paula Morehouse, pmorehouse@ky3.com
Robin Foster, ryancey@schurz.com
Published On: Mar 24 2014 11:28:05 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 24 2014 11:35:39 PM CDT

Greene County deputies are investigating a case involving a woman who dumped off three puppies in the county. A quick thinking witness caught the act caught on camera.

GREENE COUNTY, Mo. -- -

The Presley family adores their newest member: a little puppy named Gunner.

"It's just a match made in heaven," said Lindsay Presley.

It's a match that came about after Gunner and two of his siblings were dumped in a Greene County neighborhood.

Thanks to a quick thinking person, it was caught on camera. Now, the Greene County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

Deputies are not releasing the name of the woman yet, but they say she is cooperating and will likely be charged.

While the ending was picture perfect for Gunner that's not always the case for dogs and cats callously discarded.

Springfield veternarian Tom Rouse says the outcome for the animals can be bleak.

"If you turn them loose in the country, those dogs are expected to fend for themselves and they haven't been taught to fend for themselves so yeah it's terrible," said Rouse, Grant Avenue Pet Hospital.

Some of the animals that do survive end up in the city's shelter; all the dogs are waiting for their owners or waiting to be adopted.

Because of the overpopulation and dumping problems, Dr. Rouse encourages pet owners to spay or neuter their dogs and cats.

He says the cost depends on the size of the animal, but typically it's ranges from $75 to $100.

An expense, he says, is certainly better than tossing out the animals.

"Those puppies didn't deserve that," he said.

There is a low-cost, high volume spay and neuter clinic called Safe House on north Washington Street.

People who can't afford the services of a private veterinarian can get help at that clinic.

The other two dogs dumped were also adopted.