ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have seized more dogs from a rural home in northwestern Minnesota.

WDAZ-TV reports 18 more dogs were seized from the rural Roseau home. That brings to 36 the number of small dogs seized from the home by the Roseau County sheriff’s office.

The dogs had matted fur and were covered with feces in a heated garage area. The dogs include dachshunds, Shih Tzus and Shelties.

All of the dogs were taken to the Pennington County Humane Society in Thief River Falls and will be put up for adoption.

Authorities are considering whether to bring charges against the woman who owned the animals.

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Comments (7)
  1. animal advocate says:

    How can they wonder if they should press charges against her? What she is doing with the animals is illegal. Come on authorities and do your job, and people wonder why PITA gets involved. If the local sheriff departments did their jobs then the national organizations wouldn’t have to step in. So does this mean that when they seized the first 18 they did nothing to protect the other 18 until now, there is something wrong with our local sheriff departments. people please do your job.

  2. sam says:

    On the one hand, I agree with you, animal advocate. This is sick, and people need to be held accountable.
    On the other, there is a good reason that they’re questioning this. This will not be an easy sell in court, particularly in a rural area.

  3. BCE says:

    The laws are there. Now they need to be enforced! What is there to decide? She broke the law and should be prosicuted to the full extent of the law. Then law enforcement needs to move on to all of the puppy mills that are in Minnesota. It is disgraceful.

  4. Pate says:

    Check the woman for mental issues,too.There’s no excuse for this at all,and it has nothing to do with the rural lifestyle.Do people think all rural pet and livestock owners treat their animals like this woman did?

    1. Eartha says:

      Pet horders have mental illness, which is not a crime. It’s time to stop persecuting the mentally ill. The dogs were discovered and channeled appropriately.

  5. Ignorance must be bliss says:

    They say that alcoholics have “mental illness” as well yet I do not see you ask for people to get let off when a drunk driver is on the road. Where is the line that calls that a crime and this unfortunate? What would she need to do to be different than that alchy? So there should be double standards for laws just because you do not agree with them? This is a crime of the worst nature as far as I am concerned as those animals cannot say to ANYONE that they are being mistreated or abused in any way. So we as a “civilized” society have a duty to speak for all who have no voice.

  6. observer says:

    One dog per household is enough. Look at athe enviromental issue…. the waste that is left behind. I doubt the owner cleaned up after them. Sounds like most of these animals need to be put to sleep.

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