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At the request of the Pepin County Sheriff’s Office, ASPCA helped to assist with the rescue of nearly 90 dogs and puppies from a breeding operation in Wisconsin. When investigators arrived on the scene, they found dogs of varying breeds and sizes, including puppies and pregnant dogs living in unsanitary conditions.
In addition, two horses and five donkeys were also found on scene. Some of the animals had dirty coats and appeared to be suffering from untreated medical issues requiring immediate veterinary treatment.
“The Pepin County Sheriff’s Office strives to protect and preserve all forms of life within the borders of Pepin County. This case has been ongoing for some time, and unfortunately today we removed nearly 90 dogs to protect them from future danger of medical issues and unsanitary conditions,” said Pepin County Sheriff Joel Wener. “I would like to thank ASPCA and their staff for their help, along with the hard work of deputies and detectives of the Pepin County Sheriff’s Office to hopefully bring an end to this case.”
The dogs removed from the property were relocated to an ASPCA recovery center where they will receive medical and behavioral care and enrichment. In addition to the removal and care of the dogs, they are also assisting with operational planning and transport, evidence collection and crime scene processing, investigative and legal support, forensics exams, and behavior evaluations.
“When the ASPCA became aware of the poor conditions these animals were living in, it was clear that intervention was necessary, and we thank the Pepin County Sheriff’s Office for their partnership in ending the suffering of these animals and bringing them to safety,” said ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker.
“We’re proud to provide our resources and expertise in this case and in all of our rescue work nationwide to help animals in crisis find the critical and compassionate care they need and deserve,” continued Bershadker.
ASPCA’s response has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Alex & Elisabeth Lewyt Charitable Trust.