A 68-year old western Wisconsin man faces possible criminal charges, after four dozen dogs were seized from his breeding facility. Stuart West of Elmwood was booked into the Pierce County Jail for animal mistreatment, and not providing food to confined animals.
Sheriff’s officials say they were tipped off by a person who was appalled by the yellow Labradors’ condition.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said 35 adult dogs and 13 puppies were seized Friday from small travel crates with no access to food or water, and several animals were found dead at the site.
Because they’re considered to be evidence, the Animal Humane Society in the suburban Twin Cities will keep the animals until the courts decide otherwise.