A day after the Newton County Sheriff’s Department and Humane Society of Missouri converged on JB’s Precious Puppies, the final numbers are in on the amount of animals taken.

A day after the Newton County Sheriff’s Department and Humane Society of Missouri converged on JB’s Precious Puppies north of Seneca, the final numbers are in on the amount of animals taken.

“Final count was 209 dogs, one housecat, one tiger,” Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland said Friday morning. “There was a double count on some of them, given to us improperly, but after everything was recounted and checked, that is the true count.”

Late Thursday afternoon, reports said 368 animals were taken from the kennel.

‘Dirty deal’

Jewel Bond, kennel owner, said the seizure was a “dirty deal.”

“I think that this is a dirty deal, that is what I think, because I have nothing but problems here for the last two years,” Bond said. “This started out two years ago. My hairdresser stole puppies and just made a big scene here and it has been a mess. I have been sick. I have raised dogs here for over 30 years and I love raising the dogs.

“I have had the tiger since she was three days of age,” she said. “She had lost a little bit of weight. My veterinarian thought it was due to my husband leaving, because the tiger was attached to both of us. She has always been kind of thin, always. We fed her all that she could possibly eat. It was like she was naturally thin for some reason.”

Bond has been charged with two counts of animal abuse, a Class A misdemeanor.

A probable cause affidavit filed by Newton County Sheriff’s Department investigator Andy Pike said authorities discovered skeletal remains of adult dogs and puppies in dog food bags behind a building on the property.

The counts allege that Bond, 66, of Seneca, knowingly failed to provide adequate care for the animals.

Now with the animals off of her property, the next step for Bond is “waiting.”

“(My next step is) to keep from losing my mind, because these dogs were not only my living, but they were like children to me, because I could never had any children and started down here 30 years ago raising dogs,” said Bond. “And I had a good reputation. I think that this is very unfair with me being sick. If a person is wanting to help me, you don’t come in and take the dogs."

Bond said she had a 40-by-40 kennel building and then outside pens for a few larger dogs.

Copeland: ‘Inhumane’ conditions

Copeland said they found dogs living in what he said looked like wood-framed rabbit hutches, and that dogs were standing on wire.

“And when their feces would drop, it dropped into a catch deal beneath there," Copeland said. "They had not been cleaned out and some of it piled up so high that it is back inside. They are walking in their own feces all of the time."

There were a few outside water bowls, Copeland said, but the water had frozen over. He estimated that 95 percent of the dogs had no water.

“The one barn out there, the stench was so horrible that the person from DNR, she would not walk in there,” he said. “So we opened some doors and started exhaust fan. It finally reached a point when it was tolerable to go in and remove the animals, but the ammonia smell was in there.”

Humane Society response

Debbie Hill, vice president of operations for the Humane Society of Missouri, along with agents from her division, were seen taking the animals out of the kennels and identifying them.

An independent veterinarian and the Newton County sheriff's department made the decision that the animals had to be removed, Hill said Thursday.

The dogs were taken to the humane society’s headquarters in St. Louis, where they will be treated and given food and water. The tiger was taken to Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield.

A veterinarian from the zoo said the Bengal tiger was severely malnourished. The adult female tiger weighed 175 pounds, but was supposed to weigh 400, the vet said.

“We had to quickly scramble the team and get here. I think, based on what we see today, that was probably the right decision,” Hill said Thursday. “From what we see here, we see animals that were in horrendous conditions, animals were living in basically wire-bottom cages, and even that was probably not cleaned for weeks, months, or longer at a time. [There were] mounds of feces building up underneath these wire-bottom cages, mounds of feces and hair inside the cage, where the animal was basically trapped. Lots of animals did not have access to fresh food and water.

"There are some animals outside in pens that basically only had frozen blocks of water. You can see where they have licked holes in the ice, trying to get some water for themselves."

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