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36 dogs seized in 2017 Sheboygan County hoarding case now able to be adopted

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Updated: 10:33 a.m. March 15, 2019

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Wisconsin Humane Society has now informed CBS 58 that of the 12 dogs located in the Milwaukee area only one is not being adopted by the foster family that has cared for it since June, 2017. 

The foster parents of the one dog that could go up for adoption have until the end of business Sunday, March 17 to make a decision. 

The foster parent of the dog featured on CBS 58 has decided to adopt her and the Humane Society is honoring that request.

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Posted: 10:26 a.m. March 14, 2019

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (CBS 58) -- After nearly two years, 36 Golden Retrievers and Bernese Mountain Dogs are finally getting the chance to find their forever homes. 

In June 2017, the dogs were seized from Kinship Companions, a kennel in Sheboygan County after complaints of animal mistreatment and abuse. Veterinarians who evaluated the dogs found the majority were mildly to significantly underweight, had ear infections, fur matting, dental disease, and broken teeth. Investigators also said when they searched the home they found dozens of dead dogs decaying in broken freezers on the property. 

As the case worked its way through the legal system, the Humane Society of Sheboygan County cared for 24 of the dogs and the Wisconsin Humane Society had 12 dogs in their care. Nearly all of the dogs have been in foster homes since they were discovered. Because the dogs were considered the property of the former owner, the humane societies were not the legal owners and could not put them up for adoption. 

The majority of the dogs are expected to be adopted by their foster families. Many of the dogs suffered from anxiety and fear and hadn’t been properly socialized or cared for. A handful of the dogs in the Milwaukee area not being adopted by foster families will be available for general adoption through WHS, likely before the end of the month.

Those interested in adopting should keep an eye on www.wihumane.org, as adoptions at WHS are first-come, first-served, as long as it’s a good fit - with the exception of foster parents, who always get first dibs on the animals they foster.

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