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Public steps up to aid Whitley County animal shelter caring for dozens of new dogs

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COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - Donations are pouring in to the Humane Society of Whitley County that is now caring for more than 60 new dogs and puppies.

Donations are coming in to the Humane Society of Whitley County to care for more than 60 adult dogs and puppies brought in to the shelter.

When the shelter opened its doors at noon Wednesday Donna Hyser was there with bags of dog food in tow.

"I've got treats for them too," Hyser said.

Hyser watched news coverage about the shelter taking in so many puppies and dogs.

"I have two dogs at home myself and I'd like to see if I could adopt a couple…one or two of them myself," Hyser said.

Kate Method also brought in food after hearing that the shelter was overwhelmed.

"It's one thing to have the animals but it's another thing to be able to take care of them, and so, now is the time that they need it, so we are going to provide it," Method said.

More than 60 dogs were removed from home near Crooked Lake on Monday.

Monday, following neighbor complaints, Whitley County health and zoning officials, along with police showed up with a court order at a home near Crooked Lake and carted away more than 60 dogs and puppies.

Authorities say the couple was found in violation of having more than three adult dogs, keeping kennels and doing dog breeding.

These dogs are among those removed from their Whitley County owners.

State veterinarians have examined the dogs and most seem to be in good shape.

"Maybe ten to twelve will need to be on medicine for skin infections, secondary to fleas basically, for the most part everyone is in good health," said Abbi Carroll, the director of the animal shelter.

The animals are being bathed, because health officials say there were feces in every room of the house.

The Shelter is looking for specific items to be donated.

You are encouraged to bring in Science Diet Puppy Kibble food, canned puppy food of any kind, esbilac puppy milk replacer powder, bleach, slip leads, deck brushes and trash bags.

The shelter is most in need of monetary donations.

If you'd like to make a contribution, the fastest way to get the money moved is to go to the humane society's website and use PayPal.

The Whitley County prosecutor's office is waiting on a report of the condition of the animals that were seized before making a decision on whether to file animal neglect charges against the owners of the dogs.

We are not naming the owners at this time.

Jeff Neumeyer

Jeff Neumeyer is a reporter for WPTA.

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