Charges are pending against a 42-year-old North Chicago woman who police say was hoarding about 30 puppies in her one-bedroom apartment.
North Chicago Police and Animal Control removed 30 small dogs from the one-bedroom apartment on Friday afternoon, many of them in bad condition, police announced on Tuesday.
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"The majority of the dogs were in varying degrees of dehydration and malnutrition," said Dana Duestch, Animal Warden in a news release.
Two of the dogs were immediately sent to an animal hospital for emergency medical care.
Most of the dogs were under a year old and living in an apartment that police said also had an "extreme insect infestation."
Many of the dogs were infected with mange, a parasitic skin disease the occurs in young dogs.
According to the release, the owner has relinquished all dogs to North Chicago Animal Control, who is now working with area veterinarians to evaluate and treat the dogs.
While many of the dogs are now being housed in a makeshift kennel at the police department, North Chicago Animal Control is reaching out to any and all licensed rescue facilities to place the dogs for adoption.
Anyone who is interested in helping with the everyday care of the puppies or adopting one of them is asked to call (847) 596-8774 and leave a contact number.
A post of the Friends of North Chicago Animal Control Facebook page asked for donations of paper towels, bleach, laundry detergent, dish soap, dog shampoo, spray bottles, towels, blankets, garbage bags, dog food, ammonia and gloves. Monetary donations to help offset the cost of caring for the dogs can be sent to the North Chicago Police Department, 1850 Lewis Ave., North Chicago.