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 - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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