Numerous animals seized in hoarding investigation

Published 08/06 2014 05:26PM

Updated 08/07 2014 04:56PM

MANITOWOC, Wisc. (WFRV) The Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department, along with several other agencies, seized nearly 50 dogs and cats from a hoarding house today. 

It's an investigation that's been ongoing, all centered around the home at 22415 Rockville Road in the Town of Schleswig. In fact, authorities were there last year and seized 43 cats and numerous dogs. Fifteen of the animals had to be euthanized.

After last year's seizure, numerous neighbors began complaining that conditions were again becoming deplorable. They say nothing was being done by authorities, so they contacted Local 5's Wendy Fleury. She brought the story to Local 5 viewers back in June. After the story aired, more complaints came pouring in. 

The Sheriff's Department was not allowed to go into the home and said if no concrete information came in, they couldn't take action.

That's when an informant came forward who had been in the home. Because of that informant, officials were able to get inside today.

A total of 17 dogs and 6 puppies were taken, along with 21 cats including kittens.

They were all taken to the Lakeshore Humane Society where they will undergo treatment for such things as terrible skin conditions, flea infestation, eye and ear infections and upper respiratory infections. 

Tina Nichols, manager at the Humane Society, says most of the animals were confined to small wired cages their whole life. Some never walked on grass or were ever left outside. The hair is matted so badly that you cannot see their skin. Several large breed dogs are missing large patches of skin. 

"I've never seen anything like this," Nichols told Local 5's Wendy Fleury. "I've never smelled anything like this. It was the worst thing I've seen in my life."

Nichols says the animals are very loving and will be able to be adopted out after they receive medical care. 

If you would like information on adopting the animals or if you would like to make a donation for their care, call the Lakeshore Humane Society 920-684-5401.

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