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Published January 19, 2012, 06:20 PM

28 Dogs, 2 Cats Seized From Warroad, MN, Home

THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - 28 dogs and two cats have been taken from a Warroad home in a case of animal hoarding. Police obtained a search warrant for the home after people reported animal abuse there.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - 28 dogs and two cats have been taken from a Warroad home in a case of animal hoarding.

Police obtained a search warrant for the home after people reported animal abuse there.

The Pennington County Humane society assisted in the rescue of the animals.

This is the third case of animal hoarding the Humane Society has dealt with over a year's time.

The previous cases dealt with dozens of cats. This time it's dogs.

Kennels at the Pennington County Human Society are noisier this week. The shelter filled up after the rescue of 28 dogs from a Warroad home.

"I have never seen anything like this before to that extent. And I don't know if I ever will again. It was a sad situation," Warroad Police Chief Wade Steinbring said.

Shelter officials say dogs were found in overall good health, considering the poor conditions in the Warroad home. But most of the dogs had matted, feces-encrusted fur. Shelter workers have spent the last week cutting the feces from the dogs.

"The first one, it was about 10 percent of the body weight. I haven't calculated out the others but I think that is probably pretty close," Humane Society director Dawn Williamson said.

Williamson says she doesn't consider animal hoarders bad people because they are not out to hurt their pets.

"Very often in generic terms, hoarders are very often mentally ill, when they have a very scewed view of what it takes to take care of an animal," Williamson said.

The rescued dogs range in ages from 8 weeks to 13 years. Williamson has posted pictures of the dogs on the Humane Society's Facebook page.

"Facebook has actually been amazing with the number of people that have been on with the comments," Williamson said.

Williamson hopes to show the results of animal hoarding and the need for people to spay and neuter their pets. Most of the comments on Facebook wonder how the situation got so bad and what people can do to help.

Police did not release the name of the couple who occupy the the home. But the city attorney did say both will face charges of animal cruelty, the charge of maintaining a public nuisance and violating an ordinance pertaining to the number of dogs people can have in their home.

The shelter will try do adopt them out once they can legally do that and make sure the dogs are socially ready to be put back into a home.

You can contact the Pennington County Humane Society at 218-681-8045 or by visiting PawsTRF.org

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