SHEBOYGAN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - Dozens of dogs--alive and dead--have been seized from a kennel in Sheboygan County.
The Sheriff's Office held a news Friday morning to announce what officers found during a search warrant executed on June 29 in the Town of Wilson.
The Sheriff's Office says 37 living dogs were found in a kennel and seized.
In two large chest freezers, investigators discovered carcasses of more than 30 dogs. The freezers had not been working for some time, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office said it had received numerous requests to check the dogs at Kinship Companion Kennels. The kennel had lost its conditional use permit through the township and its dog selling license through the state.
Until last week, the Sheriff's Office had been allowed announced visits at the kennel. The investigators had to get "credible information" about neglect to get a search warrant, which was granted after a recent visit.
No one has been taken into custody. The Sheriff's Office will recommend charges to the District Attorney's Office.
The surviving dogs are being held at the Sheboygan County Humane Society and Wisconsin Humane Society. They are not available for adoption due to the ongoing investigation.
The Sheboygan County Humane Society says the pups are adjusting to their new temporary home.
"They're definitely improving. I can tell you when they arrived we had to carry many of them. They didn't know how to walk on a leash. Now they're walking they're playing the yard, they're chewing on rawhide bones. You know, what we take for granted for animals that are currently in our homes. They have to learn to be pets again," said Leah Helms, Sheboygan County Humane Society Executive Director.
The Humane Society recommends following its Facebook page for updates on when the dogs will be available for adoption: https://www.facebook.com/sheboygancountyhumanesociety/?fref=ts