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Seized animals surrendered

Dane County Humane Society, May 28 Dane County Humane Society, May 28

MADISON (WKOW) -- More than 270 of the animals seized as part of the Thyme and Sage Ranch investigation have been surrendered and are being moved to shelters and rescues across the state of Wisconsin.

According to the Dane County Humane Society (DCHS), some of the animals are still being temporarily housed at the Dane County Humane Society as evidence in the ongoing investigation. Ten dogs were returned to the ranch, as they are owned companion animals. According to an agreement between the Richland County District Attorney and the defense counsel, there will be daily visits by a Richland County deputy and weekly visits by a veterinarian to monitor the condition and health of those animals, pending trial.

The dogs that remain at DCHS include impounded dogs, medical cases, and dogs that will eventually be adoptable. The normal adoption process will be followed. You can check out the available animals by clicking here. All animals will go through a medical and behavioral evaluation process. There may be a few days of delay before an adoption can be made because of that process.

All of the remaining dogs from the emergency relief center have been sent to other shelters and rescues in the state of Wisconsin. The Dane County Humane Society tells 27 News that they are very grateful to the Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies for helping with that process.

Here is a list of Humane Societies and Rescues that helped take in some of the animals:
- Shelter From the Storm Animal Rescue (Madison, WI)
- Adams County Humane Society
- Clark County Humane Society
- Dodge County Humane Society
- Dunn County Humane Society
- Eau Claire County Humane Society
- Fox Valley Humane Society
- Green Lake Humane Society
- Humane Animal Welfare Society
- La Crosse County Humane Society
- Oshkosh County Humane Society
- Sheboygan County Humane Society
- Washington County Humane Society
- Waupaca County Humane Society
- Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary

DCHS also sent the following statement thanking staff and volunteers:

"DCHS sends a huge thank you to all the staff and volunteers involved in this effort; the teamwork and support has been outstanding. The support from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has been incredible as well.  Throughout this situation, the community outpouring of support has been unbelievable.  DCHS also thanks everyone for their generous donations and offers of support."

DCHS is working to tear down the emergency relief center. The case against Thyme and Sage Ranch owner Jennifer Petkus is ongoing. Petkus is scheduled to be back in court on June 23, 2009.

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