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84 dogs seized from Clarksville home

Bradley Cummings Bradley Cummings
Harry Wilder Harry Wilder
Clarksville, IN -

By Janelle MacDonald - bio | email

CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Indiana authorities have launched an investigation after they seized dozens of animals from a home in Clarksville on August 26. Now the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter is trying to deal with the influx of dogs.

Neighbors say you would have never have guessed the number of dogs town officials say the people who live at a home on Cottonwood Drive in Clarksville were keeping.

"When we showed up and knocked on the door, we heard some barking, but it wasn't ... you didn't expect 80 dogs to be there," said Officer Bradley Cummings with Clarksville Animal Control.

Cummings is not releasing the name or exact address of the home. He says an anonymous tip led them to the house.

"One of the neighbors, I guess, were able to see and count the number and they stopped counting at 30," Cummings said.

The building commissioner in Clarksville conducted the original investigation because it's against zoning laws to have more than three dogs in a home. Cummings says the commissioner reported back Wednesday afternoon that there were 30-plus dogs in the home.

Cummings says the owner agreed to give up the animals. When animal control officials showed up at the home to take the dogs in, they found almost three times the original estimate – a total of 87 dogs.

"They were not house trained so you can imagine the conditions inside the house," said Cummings.

He took all but three to the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter, which scrambled to find space.

"We're not set up for this," said J.B. Ogle Shelter Director Harry Wilder. "That would fill us up if we were empty."

Though Wilder says it doesn't look like the dogs were abused, about a dozen had to be put down because of extreme mange. The others, Wilder said, are hesitant and lethargic.

"Their nature is not exactly the same as the rest of the dogs in here," Wilder said.

Cummings says that's probably because of the sheer number that lived in one home.

"They're lacking in attention, being around humans," he said.

Cummings says the dogs' owner is not a typical animal hoarder. He did not pick the dogs up off the streets.

"He had received the animals from his brother, who was going through rehab and ended up dying in rehab," Cummings said. "And the animals weren't fixed, and it appears they are all inter-bred," he said.

Cummings says if the original litter had been fixed, the dogs' owners never would have ended up with so many animals. He says the owner now has 30 days to get the three remaining animals fixed.

Wilder says now that the dogs are at his shelter, he will try to give all of them a happy home.

"I think there's hope," said Wilder. "I think we'll do real well with them."

Wilder says none of the dogs are ready for individual adoption yet, but he'll give them to anyone who has a registered animal rescue group, anybody who has a 501(c)3. Two groups have already taken 32 of the dogs.

The shelter has enough food to feed the influx of dogs, but Wilder says if you want to help, they could use money to pay for their treatment.

You can reach the shelter at (812) 282-0071.

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