A person from rural Faulkton is facing 35 animal cruelty charges after 33 dogs were confiscated from the owner.
A warrant for the dogs' owners has not been issued, but a complaint has been filed. Faulk County State's Attorney Tim Bormann has declined to release the suspect's name until an arrest has been made.
Faulk County Sheriff Kurt Hall says a state probation officer and a Faulk County deputy were conducting a probation check when they found the dogs. Halls says they found 33 dogs on the property and two dead dogs. Some of the dogs have been suffering from upper respiratory problems.
Hall says his office is working with the Faulk County Health Board to have the property cleaned up so it is no longer offensive. After notice, the owner has 30 days to clean up the area so it is legally suitable for the dogs. Hall says if the property owner cannot clean it up the county will have to do whatever means to clean up the property, and the property owner would be charged.
The owner could be charged with 33 counts of inhumane treatment of an animal and 2 counts for allowing injured or diseased animals to suffer needlessly. All 35 of the charges are Class I Misdemeanors. Probation violation charges are pending.
The dogs were confiscated on Tuesday April 2. They were all transported to the Beadle County Humane Society.
If convicted, the dogs would be up for adoption. The dogs could be returned if the owner is found not guilty. However, Faulk County State's Attorney Tim Bormann says the state is actually proposing the individual to surrender the animals to the Beadle Co. Humane Society.
The Beadle County Humane Society is currently caring for the dogs. Humane Society Director Kim Krueger says they are looking for donations to help them with the care of the dogs.
Krueger says they are looking for: dog food and puppy food, bleach, paper towels, dish soap and money to help with staff and bed expenses.
The Beadle County Humane Society is located at 5063 Dakota Ave S, Huron, SD 57350. It can be contacted at (605) 352-8955.
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