DECATUR TOWNSHIP (WKOW) -- The Green County Sheriff's Department says it seized 46 dogs from a home in Decatur township Wednesday.
Here's the release from the Sheriff's Department:
During the afternoon of Wednesday, May 25th, 2011, the Green County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant at N4651 County Trunk F, Decatur Township, which is located approximately three miles south of the Village of Albany. The purpose of the search warrant was to investigate reports that the occupants of the residence were raising a large number of Great Dane dogs in the home, that the home was unsanitary and that human and animal health were at risk.
The Sheriff's Department had received seven similar complaints since February of 2010, but had been unable to develop enough probable cause to search the home. A recent event, which was reported to the Sheriff's Department, provided probable cause for a search warrant.
During the search, deputies located forty six (46) dogs throughout the inside of the raised ranch style home. There were five mixed breed dogs and the remainder appeared to be pure bred Great Danes, twelve of which were puppies and the remainder adults. A veterinarian was present at the scene and examined the animals. It was determined that based on space and sanitation concerns that the health of the animals and the individuals that resided at the residence were greatly at risk. Therefore, deputies seized the animals. The Green County Humane Society responded to the scene and they transported all of the dogs to sites where the animals have nourishment, room and adequate sanitary conditions.
Four adult residents of the home were charged with Mistreating Animals, a Class A Misdemeanor and assigned a July 11th, 2011 at 1:15 p.m. court date. Charged were: Allyson J. Williams (age 24), Melissa Harrel (age 57), Kathy J. Williams (age 54) and Donavan F. Williams (age 45).
The Green County Humane Society will be housing the dogs as long as is necessary for evidentiary purposes. Great Danes have special dietary needs and cannot have food over a certain percentage of protein. The Humane Society has indicated that they would appreciate monetary donations to purchase the food for the dogs that would provide them with a consistent diet. Contacts for the Green County Humane Society are Rachel Schardt (email@example.com) and Tracey Pederson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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