Saturday, January 28, 2012

Authorities: 107 Dogs Rescued From ‘Totally Filthy’ Trailers

The Animal Humane Society is caring for 107 dogs and two cats after it helped authorities in northern Minnesota recover the animals Thursday evening from a property where two women lived in feces-littered trailers, the Humane Society said.

The Humane Society’s Kathie Johnson said the incident doesn’t appear to be animal abuse.

“They truly, truly loved the dogs,” she said. “This got out of hand, and there’s no way they can care for 107 dogs on their own.”

The rescued dogs are mostly small breeds, such as pug, Chihuahua, dachshund and spaniel mixes.

Beltrami County police contacted Humane Society senior agent Wade Hanson after doing a welfare check of Carol Schmidt and Janice Brown earlier this week. The two lived in separate mobile homes near Bemidji on a property that authorities condemned after Thursday’s investigation, the Humane Society said. The homes were about 10 to 12 feet apart.

“When we arrived, approximately 50 dogs were running outside … barking, happy, glad to see somebody,” he said. more