GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Thirty six dogs are being cared for and evaluated after humane authorities seized them from a commercial property in Bloomington Tuesday.
Bloomington Police were alerted to the situation and sent an animal humane officer to the property on the 100 block of West 88th Street just before noon. On arrival that officer immediately noticed a number of violations of both state law and local ordinance, and started the process of obtaining a search warrant. The owner of the dogs was not on site.
Humane officers arrived on the scene and recovered three dozen dogs of multiple breeds and ages that were being housed in two adjoining suites. While authorities were on scene the owner arrived and was arrested on animal cruelty charges. She was released while the investigation continues.
The dogs were transported to the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, where they are on a 10-day hold while the owner is given a chance to reclaim them in court. All 36 are under quarantine due to concerns that they may be carrying transmittable diseases. At the same time the dogs are being evaluated for health and behavior to determine their fitness for adoption.
Once the legal hold is lifted the dogs that are fit for adoption will become available. The process is expected to take a couple of weeks.
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