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Dogs seized in Sheboygan County hoarding case up for adoption

Posted: 2:19 PM, Mar 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-14 19:48:41Z
Golden Retriever

SHEBOYGAN — Thirty-six dogs that were seized in June 2017 from a kennel in Sheboygan County apparently are on their way to a happy resolution.

The dogs were seized from Kinship Companions after complaints of animal mistreatment and abuse in a case that received national attention. Dozens of deceased dogs were found decaying in broken freezers on the property, according to a release from the Wisconsin Humane Society and the Humane Society of Sheboygan County.

The animals — Golden Retrievers and Bernese Mountain Dogs — are getting the chance to be officially adopted after the case was resolved.

The humane societies cared for the animals for about 21 months. Nearly all of the dogs have been in foster homes since 2017, but they could not be adopted because the dogs were considered the property of former owner Christy Tuchel.

“We are beyond thrilled to announce that the former owner, Christy Tuchel, has surrendered all of the dogs over to our care,” Andrew Viglietti, executive director of HSSC, said in the news release. “We’re so grateful to the community for supporting us along this long road, as well as to WHS for extending their help in caring for 12 of the dogs.”

“It’s wonderful to finally have resolution on this case and be able to provide loving homes for these deserving dogs." — Angela Speed, vice president of communications.

Most of the dogs are expected to be adopted by their foster families. A handful of the dogs in the Milwaukee area that are not being adopted by foster families will be available for general adoption through WHS, likely before the end of March.

“It’s wonderful to finally have resolution on this case and be able to provide loving homes for these deserving dogs,” said Angela Speed, vice president of communications. “They’ve been through so much and we’re glad we could assist HSSC in caring for them.”

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