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Monroe Co. Sheriff's Office rescues neglected dogs

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KENDALL, WI (WKOW) -- The Monroe County Sheriff's Office, as well as the Humane Investigator, requested the assistance of the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in collecting evidence and managing the removal of 15 dogs.

The dogs and a parakeet were living in an overcrowded mobile home and were found living among feces, trash and rotting food.  The home was also poorly ventilated.

A warrant was executed Thursday morning for the removal of the animals.  The Midwest Regional Director of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response, Kyle Held, stated: "Animal hoarding is a complex issue that can encompass mental health, animal welfare and public safety concerns."  ASPCA responders also discovered deceased animals on the property.

Held went on to say, "our immediate goal is to transport them to a safe place where they will receive care and treatment", as the animals were living in filth. 

The dogs, ranging from Chihuahuas to Pomeranians, were in an showing signs of neglect.  They appears to also suffer from dental disease, dehydration and other medical concerns.  Most of the dogs were not spayed or neutered. 

The Monroe County Humane Investigator, Bekah Weitz, says "it was clear that intervention was needed to help both the owner and the animals.  We couldn't have done it without such great support from all the agencies involved."

The dogs are currently at a temporary shelter, in an undisclosed location, where they will receive the medical attention and care needed.  The ASPCA will continue to care for the animals until suitable placement options are available.

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