Dogs rescued from southeast Indiana

By Brad Underwood - bio | email

DEARBORN COUNTY, IN (FOX19) - Several dogs have been rescued from a farm in southeast Indiana.

Officials found 20 dogs living in cars, trucks and campers in horrible conditions.

"There was probably 12 inches of feces in the camper," said Lisa Harrison, an animal control officer. "It was unbelievable, the stench was very horrible, you couldn't even breathe."

"We met the owner there and confiscated all 20 animals and took them to the shelter," said Ralph Thompson, director of the Dearborn County Animal Shelter.

The dogs were found at a campsite on Kellie Lane. Of the 20 rescued, 16 remain at the Dearborn County Animal Shelter, learning how to socialize again, and waiting for a new home. The others had to be euthanized.

"A few of them we couldn't save, some of them are in foster and there's only a few that are adoptable right now," said Harrison.

Right now, the owners of the campsite are not being charged with anything.

"Because they was no physical abuse or starvation of the dogs, there was not enough grounds to file charges," said Thompson.

The owner of the site did not return phone calls for comment.