UPDATED: More animals were rescued from a St. Clair area home Tuesday than initially reported.

The latest report is that 253 animals were removed from the Velma Mussemeyer property in Parkway Village, just east of the St. Clair city limits.

The humane society reports that 192 rabbits, four dogs, 10 cats, 25 goats, 21 chickens and one duck were rescued from the property.

Earlier Story

For the second time in three years, the Missouri Humane Society has rescued a large number of animals from a woman’s property near St. Clair.

Tuesday morning, members of the society’s Animal Cruelty Task Force and Franklin County deputies removed over 200 animals from the woman’s property off of Parkway Drive in the Village of Parkway, just east of the St. Clair city limits.

A concerned citizen alerted the Humane Society about the situation which then contacted Franklin County authorities who conducted an investigation that led to a warrant ordering removal of the animals.

The rescued animals included 140 domestic rabbits, 25 goats, 20 cats, 10 chickens, two dogs and a duck.

All of the animals were living in filthy conditions, according to a Humane Society press release.

See the Wednesday Missourian for more details.