On March 29, 2013, members of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in the 800 block of Cherry Street in Mooresville, Livingston County, Missouri regarding an investigation of alleged Animal Neglect. The search warrant resulted in the seizure of 13 dogs/puppies from the home. The investigation also revealed a full size abandoned freezer/refrigerator on the property.
The allegations suggesting animal neglect are related to the conditions within and around the home. The deputies were required to wear Hazardous Material Full Body Suits due to the volume of rotting trash, urine, feces, and possibly mold inside the home. Some of the officers were noted as vomiting outside the home.
The Livingston County Humane Society assisted us in transporting, seeking vet care, and boarding the dogs.
The sheriff has spoken with the county commission, prosecuting attorney, and health department regarding the ability to condemn the property due to the obvious health and welfare issues for the community. The sheriff has learned that none of the current ordinances or laws provides for any relief to the community at this time.
Our investigation report was submitted to Prosecuting Attorney Adam Warren and formal charges were filed today in Livingston County Associate Court as summons have issued to be served two Mooresville residents for alleged misdemeanors of Animal Neglect and Abandonment of an Airtight Container.
This information was not able to be released until the filing of formal charge(s) which took place today.