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Charges still being considered after a year long investigation Submitted: 03/20/2017

Erin Beu
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ebeu@wjfw.com


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.



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