Woman charged after 11 dogs and one cat found living in vehicle

RIPON, Wis. (WBAY) -- A 70-year-old woman has been charged after officers found 11 dogs, four of which were newborn puppies, and one cat living in her minivan in Ripon over the weekend.

According to the criminal complaint, the Ripon Police Department received a call on Saturday about a van that had animals living in it.

Officers made a traffic stop of the van due to a defective brake lamp and made contact with the owner, Marion Kaiser.

Police say it was apparent the animals were urinating and defecating in the vehicle and then being forced to live in their own feces.

Officers say they could smell urine and feces coming from inside the vehicle from about 15 feet away.

The animals, were surrendered to the Green Lake Area Animal Shelter for safekeeping and medial evaluation.

According to the criminal complaint, Kaiser is charged with two counts of Negligently Provide Improper Animal Shelter-Sanitation Standards and one count of Obstructing an Officer.