The investigation began when someone called the marshal’s office to report suspicions of animal neglect at 585 Creighton Road, spokeswoman Ms. Alexa Huston said.
The caller told officials about the terrible smells and barking coming from the property.
The marshal’s office executed a search warrant with the assistance of officers from the county’s animal shelter, a local licensed vet, a representative from the solicitor’s office and an inspector from the Department of Agriculture.
What they found were 19 severely neglected dogs and one cat on the property, Ms. Huston said. The dogs were purebred Great Pyrenees and Shetland Sheedogs "Sheltie". Five of the dogs were Great Pyrenees and the rest were Shelties, she said.
“The dogs were emaciated and showed signs of serious neglect,” Ms. Huston said. “The officers found dog carcasses, bones, rancid meat, and feces on the property.”
The Marshal’s Office arrested the owner of the dogs who they said used to show dogs in the late 1980s to mid-90s.
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