Hundreds of Animals Removed
A possible animal neglect case in Fond du Lac County, as a 10 year-old boy and hundreds of animals are removed from a home. Video by nbc26.comvideo
FOND DU LAC COUNTY, WI – A possible animal neglect case in Fond du Lac County, as a 10 year-old boy and hundreds of animals are removed from a home. More than 70 dogs and 60 goats were taken from the owner, some malnourished and dehydrated.
This all began Wednesday night when a calf was found wandering in the road. Sheriff's Deputies later traced the animal back to the farm, got a search warrant and found the child at home alone, with a dead goat in the living room.
“The only way I can describe it is going into a concentration camp,” said Lt. Cameron McGee with the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office.
Sixty-nine Siberian Huskies are now being kept at the now at the Fond du Lac Humane Society. Sixty goats were taken to a farm in Oshkosh.
"Things got away,” said Lt. McGee. “Things got out of control and became a little too much."
McGee said the owner is cooperating. Charges of animal neglect have been referred to the District Attorney, but the man hasn't been arrested. The 10 year-old is in protective custody.
“It's certainly not safe and conducive for a young boy like that,” said Lt. McGee.
The homeowner was a former breeder according to McGee.
A friend of the homeowner said he is helping clear out animal remains, but said the accused man is a good person.
“He told me his first objective is to get his boy back and then get his dogs back,” said Dale Eubanks.
Three of the dogs have already been put down.
“I have never seen anything like this, ever,” said Renee Webb, animal shelter manager. “It was unbelievable. And we knew what we were getting into. But there is no way to describe what that situation was like."
She said some of the dogs were missing ears and feet, but now they're all getting individual treatment. But it's a huge task just to house the dogs.
“That’s the important thing to make sure we do the absolute best we can for them,” said Webb.
Charges for the homeowner should be determined by the end of next week.
The dogs have been released to humane society. They’ve already began the process of adopting these dogs out. Anyone interested can stop by and fill out adoption paperwork.