Dogs rescued from Sheboygan County kennel ready for adoption

SHEBOYGAN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - Dozens of dogs rescued from a hoarding and animal mistreatment situation are ready for adoption.

Thirty-six dogs were rescued from Kinship Companions in June 2017. Other dogs were found dead in freezers at the Oostburg business.

The dogs were placed under the care of the Humane Society of Sheboygan County and Wisconsin Human Society after their rescue nearly two years ago. Some of the dogs have been in foster homes. The Humane Society could not legally put the dogs up for adoption until the criminal case against owner Christy Tuchel was settled and she agreed to surrender the animals.

“We are beyond thrilled to announce that the former owner, Christy Tuchel, has surrendered all of the dogs over to our care,” said Andrew Viglietti, executive director of HSSC. “We’re so grateful to the community for supporting us along this long road, as well as to WHS for extending their help in caring for 12 of the dogs.”

They dogs are Golden Retrievers and Bernese Mountain Dogs.

The Humane Society says most of the dogs will be adopted by foster families who have worked to train and socialize the dogs. The rest of the dogs will be up for adoption. Check https://www.wihumane.org/ for updates on adoption.

Christy Tuchel was sentenced to one year in jail and eight months on probation after a jury found her guilty of 26 counts related to child abuse and animal mistreatment.

According to a criminal complaint, the dogs that were found alive at Kinship Companions were significantly underweight and had other health issues. Those issues included ear infections, dental disease, and worms.

The bodies of dozens of dogs were found in two large chest freezers.

The complaint says many of the dogs died of malnutrition, dehydration, fights, a flood at the kennel, worms, other infections, or as a result of being put down.

As part of sentencing, Christy Tuchel can own no animals.