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Seized dogs and cats in Adair to be farmed out, not killed

No, the animal shelter in Adair County doesn't plan a mass killing Friday of dozens of dogs seized in an animal-cruelty case.

But that's been the concern among animal lovers, based on rumor and maybe some misinformation spread via the Internet.

The facts: This week, rescue groups and other shelters have taken most of the dogs and cats seized in the case, and The Humane Society of the United States plans to take the rest early next week, said Jeff Thomas, director of the Green River Animal Shelter in Columbia.

"We're not doing a mass execution," Thomas said Thursday. "That's total fiction. There's everything going around on the Internet."

Police charged David Howery, 50, with 295 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals after searching the Clean Slate Animal Rescue last week.

Howery ran a rescue operation where police said they found filthy conditions and animals that were dead or poorly cared for. Some local officials think Howery meant well but took on more animals than he could care for properly.

Reputable rescue organizations and other shelters have taken most of the animals, including about 10 animals that volunteers from the Lexington Humane Society were scheduled to pick up Thursday.

There were 88 dogs seized from Howery at the Green River shelter Thursday afternoon, said Tracy Moser, who is with a Bowling Green rescue organization called RePets and has been helping this week in Adair County.

The Humane Society of the United States will send a team to Adair County to pick up those remaining dogs Monday, said spokeswoman Jordan Crump.

HSUS will dispatch a tractor-trailer with medical supplies and cages that serve as mobile shelters to treat animals seized from Howery. They will also send materials to build a temporary outdoor shelter, Crump said.

HSUS will set up in Bowling Green, where many of the animals seized in the case were moved this week.

The national organization will use its network of contacts to find homes for the dogs at rescue organizations, and hopes to have them all placed within a week, Crump said.

"We're thinking the outcome looks pretty good for them," Crump said.