47 puppies, 1 dog rescued in Washington County find forever homes

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Updated: Sept. 7, 2022 at 5:34 p.m.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Forty-seven dogs that were being illegally transported to Wisconsin from Texas now have new homes.

"Forty-seven dogs, that’s not common," said Kay Amland, executive director of the Washington County Humane Society.

Friday of Labor Day weekend Amland, along with her staff, received a page late in the night calling them to action, taking in 47 puppies and one adult dog.

"We immediately started to intake the dogs, which includes assessment," said Amland.

Before getting to Amland and her crew, the pups had a journey.

"All confined to kennels, in some cases multiple dogs per kennel, which is one of the things that raised alarms for deputies that responded, said Detective Lieutenant Tim Kemps.

Kemps goes on to say the illegal transportation was put on the sheriff's radar by a Facebook friend of the suspect. The woman who alerted authorities became alarmed.

"She reached out, knowing his capacity, and just had concerns that he could not properly care for that many animals," said the lieutenant.

Kemp says a few laws were broken, and while there are no formal charges or a suspect in custody yet, still a lot of questions remain.

"Were these animals treated cruelty? How did he come across them? Were they stolen?" said Kemp.

Nevertheless, the dogs appear to be healthy, happy, and a little rambunctious, and each puppy, thanks to social media, already on the list to go home.

This past weekend the Washington County Humane Society raised more than $6,500 going toward preventive medicine for animals they care for.


Published: Sept. 6, 2022 at 2:36 p.m.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Washington County Humane Society announced the rescue of 47 dogs Friday, Sept. 2 after the sheriff's department intercepted an illegal transport from the South. 

The humane society says they are mostly puppies that came from Texas. They say most of the puppies seem healthy and may be ready to be spayed/neutered soon.

On Tuesday, Washington County Humane Society released an update thanking the public for their interest, noting their phones are "ringing off the hook." They say all of the puppies will soon make their way to the adoption floor. You can view them at wchspets.org

Staff says in the meantime, they are still in great need of Purina Puppy Chow. To make a donation, you can order through Amazon Smile at no extra cost to you.

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