Fifteen dogs and a parakeet rescued from a hoarding situation in Monroe County Thursday are now recovering at a temporary shelter just outside of Madison. “The conditions were absolutely unacceptable for any human or animal to be living in,” said Bekah Weitz, the Monroe County humane officer.
An investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, along with Weitz, found the dogs and a parakeet living in a mobile home.
“There was a lot of feces and urine throughout the home,” Weitz said. “Structurally the home was unsound and there was a very strong ammonia odor that was not good for breathing.”
Also on the property, investigators found a number of dead animals. The surviving dogs were dehydrated and had dental issues. Due to the number of animals, Weitz called in the ASPCA to assist and in conjunction with the sheriff's department, a search warrant to remove the animals was executed.
“Monroe County is a very rural area and so taking 15 dogs at a time in such a small community is definitely a stresser and that was one of the main reasons the ASPCA was requested,” Weitz said.
All of the animals will be given medical and behavioral evaluations. Then they'll be given to local agencies for adoption.
“Right now they're doing great,” said Kyle Held, Midwest Regional Director for the ASPCA Field Investigation and Response Team. “They've had medical evaluations today, they're in a clean environment, they've got food, water, comfortable place to sleep.”
Held says it is a long process to make sure the dogs are ready for new homes. Meanwhile the owner could face criminal charges.
Photos from Friday at the dogs temporary home are in the slide show player attached to this story.
The Monroe County Humane Investigator, Bekah Weitz, said, "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."