NEW INFORMATION: No Charges for Owners in Merrill Puppy Surrender Case

By: Jes Bringe Email
By: Jes Bringe Email

MERRILL, Wis (WEAU) - Charges are not expected for the couple that surrendered more than 50 dogs from their Central Wisconsin home to an area humane society.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department says deputies had known for weeks that the dogs were living at a home in Merrill.

Deputies say they were working with the couple to keep their home clean and sanitary but they were evicted.

The department contacted the humane society to help relocate more than 50 dogs.

The Lincoln County Human Society says all of the animals taken from the home are doing well.

The shelter says the dogs are not ready for adoption yet but they have started a list of people who would like to adopt them.

Original Story: Monday, December 23 6:30 AM

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) -- A north central Wisconsin humane society has rescued 50 dogs from a puppy mill that didn't have any heat.

According to Daily Herald Media, a couple originally contacted the Lincoln County Humane Society on Saturday to take about 20 dogs. But when shelter officials arrived they found more than 50 animals, mostly puppies, that needed to be removed.

The humane society's board president Patrick Hoerstmann says the home was condemned and wasn't suitable for dogs or people. Officials say they were also hoarders.

The chihuahuas, Australian shepherds and small "teddy bear" mixed breeds are being housed at the shelter.

Officials need to clear some legal hurdles to take possession of the animals, but it will be taking the names of people who want to adopt the dogs.

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