The Associated Press reports this afternoon that the Missouri Humane Society has rescued more than 150 dogs and -- no kidding -- a Bengal tiger from a puppy mill in Seneca. (The Missouri Humane Society still has on its home page news of last week's epic Yorkie rescue in Greene County, not far from Seneca.) Google Maps indicates that Seneca is a little south of Joplin and a few miles north of hell.
The AP refers to the site of the rescue as "a substandard dog-breeding facility." Sure, you could say a place apparently trying to breed deadly tigerdogs is substandard. But that doesn't take into account all the wide-eyed children in the boot heel screaming, "Daddy, I want a puppy! I want a puppy from the tigers-and-puppies place!"
Seriously, this place was raided two years ago, when another 150 dogs had to be rescued, and the owner wasn't cited. Does it take Shere Khan to get the sheriff's attention out there?
Authorities have taken the tiger to the Springfield zoo. The other animals -- including 30 puppies and four pregnant dogs, the AP says -- have left their poop-clogged kennels for St. Louis.