82 Dogs Indiana

January 16, 2012 by staff 

82 Dogs Indiana82 Dogs Indiana, Fifty-five dogs were removed Wednesday from a home in Northwest Indiana. The next day they took 27 more. A day after officials seized 55 dogs from a home in Northwest Indiana, they went back Thursday and took about two dozen more.

Animal control officers re-visited the home just outside of Chesterton and removed an additional 27 dogs, bringing the two-day total to 82. The officers told local reporters it was the worst case of animal hoarding they’d seen.

It’s not clear why the additional dogs were not removed during officials’ visit to the home on Wednesday.

The dogs were taken to the Porter County Animal Shelter, but several of them have been isolated because they tested positive for canine parvovirus. Some have already been put down.

Donna Montoya, 50, who lives in the home where the dogs were seized, could face a number of counts of cruelty to animals. The property owner could also faces charges.

John Thomas, the director of the shelter, remained confident that several of the dogs can be saved.

“[Montoya] loves the dogs, and I think she believes and she should believe, that I’m going to take the best care I can of them and try and socialize and rehabilitate as many as I can,” said Thomas.

Throughout the day Friday, area residents were seen visiting the shelter with donations of sheets and blankets.

Animal control officers first went to the home in November after neighbors told the local health department they were worried that animal waste was getting into their drinking water. On a subsequent visit, Montoya surrendered seven puppies that were infested with fleas, officials said.

Porter County officials reportedly waited until Wednesday to move in and remove all the dogs, because they wanted to be sure they had a place to take the animals.

Two officials were bitten by the dogs and required medical attention, officials said.

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One Response to “82 Dogs Indiana”

  1. Suzala1111 on January 16th, 2012 6:47 pm

    Thank GOD for every legitimate animal advocate in our country! Now, please…..
    hurry up to St. Lucie County Florida & confiscate that poor, defenseless dog from casey anthony before it suffers the same fate as her daughter CAYLEE did. That tormented puppy has already been over-exposed to her raging herpes virus!!!