Three charged in Sheboygan animal abuse case at Kinship Kennels

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SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (WBAY) -- Three people have been charged in a disturbing animal abuse case in Sheboygan County.

Christie Tuchel, 38, and Anthony Keyport, 31, are facing 38 charges; and Breanna Mikula, 20, is facing 37 charges that include failure to provide food and mistreatment of animals.

In July, Action 2 News reported dozens of dogs, alive and dead, were seized from the Kinship Companion Kennels in the Town of Wilson after the sheriff's office received numerous complaints.

According to the criminal complaint, about 37 dogs were found alive and a majority of them were significantly underweight and had other health issues.

Those issues include ear infections, dental disease, and worms.

The bodies of 31 more dogs were found in two large chest freezers and possibly 10 other dogs, but the bodies were so decomposed it was hard to tell, reads the criminal complaint.

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.

In one freezer were the bodies of seven adult Bernese Mountain dogs, six Golden Retrievers, six puppies, and two unidentified dogs.

According to the criminal complaint, at least 11 dog carcasses were found in the second freezer; seven of which were golden retrievers, two Bernese Mountain dogs, and at least one unidentifiable dog.

The sheriff's office said those freezers had not been working for some time.

The surviving dogs were taken to the Sheboygan County Humane Society and Wisconsin Humane Society where their conditions improved significantly due to proper medication and treatment.

The kennel had lost its conditional use permit through the township in 2014 resulting in the kennel no longer having a license to sell dogs.