More than a dozen dogs found abandoned on the Fourth of July in Warrensburg are on the road to recovery, animal welfare officials said.
The dogs — 16 in all — were found Tuesday at the baseball fields near the Warrensburg Animal Shelter.
The dogs were rescued and later treated at the shelter. According to shelter officials, staff members were still processing and assessing the animals Thursday.
It will be a while before the dogs are ready for adoption, officials said. Some may be pregnant, and most of them will need intensive socialization.
In a Facebook post, Warrensburg Animal Shelter manager Sarah Patton said the organization was working with several different local groomers, some of whom were donating their services, to help groom the dogs.
“We appreciate their services and willingness to help the shelter in this time of need,” Patton wrote. “We are very fortunate to have such a supportive community.”
Patton added the shelter is in need of blankets and towels, treats and monetary donations to help cover the grooming and vetting costs associated with each animal.
Donations can be made directly to the shelter by dropping them off, or sending them to 102 S. Holden St. Warrensburg, MO 64093.
Anyone with information about the dogs’ owner is asked to call the Warrensburg Police Department at 660-747-9133.