The Humane Society rescues 7 dogs from a notorious breeder

ST. LOUIS — The Humane Society of Missouri rescued seven animals from a dog breeder in Douglas County on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, a rescue like this is not uncommon for the Humane Society of Missouri.

“Some of the dogs had severe, severe matting. They had skin lesions. They had infected ears,” said Ella Frank, director of the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force.

The Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued seven dogs owned by Marilyn Shephard, a dog breeder, after she violated a 2021 consent agreement reached by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office.

In 2021, the Humane Society rescued more than 40 dogs from Shephard. She was previously listed as one of the 100 most notorious dog breeders in the country. Shephard operates kennels in Missouri under the names Cedarcrest Kennel, Williams Kennel, PuppyFind and Pups4U. The seven rescued dogs are being treated and rehabilitated for injuries.

“They will hide for the night, rest and decompress,” Frank said. “You’ve had a really long day. A lot of these guys are shy and anxious so today was very dramatic for them.”

Frank wants to remind people that if they see something, they should speak up.

“We are their voice. You can’t speak,” she said. “It’s up to us to be their voice and that’s why it’s important to end this breeding cycle so there aren’t 2-year-old dogs having countless litter after litter. To educate. To give these guys a second chance to become a pet, a dog, to play in the yard.” The Humane Society rescues 7 dogs from a notorious breeder

Sarah Y. Kim

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