CRANDON - The Forest County Sheriff's Department planned for a year to prepare for Friday's seizure of more than 50 animals.
Those animals included horses, dogs, and wolf-dog hybrids--some of them alive, some of them injured, and some of them dead.
Newswatch 12 spoke with Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono today about what the next step will be for the case and for the animals that survive.
Simono says that, as of today, the woman responsible for keeping those animals has been arrested and put in jail. However, she has yet to be formally charged.
Investigators still need to inspect a large number of injured and dead animals found on the property just west of Crandon.
Additionally, they are still searching for a few more dogs that have escaped into the woods. A decision on the charges will likely wait until all the animals have been accounted for and their injuries noted. That may take up to a few weeks.
"We got so many animals involved, and we need to also determine the cause of each one of their deaths. And for those that are neglected abused, suffering major injures. We need doctors--actually forensic doctors to look at them," said Simono.
Evaluating the animals will take some time. It will also take time to sort through criminal charges.
"The popular question right now is what are the charges going to be? When will she be charged? What will she be charged with? And the answer is, it's too soon to tell," said Simono.
Simono hopes workers can keep all the animals alive. The younger, more docile dogs will be treated as domestic pets, and the more aggressive dogs will be placed into wildlife preserve.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
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