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The Wisconsin Humane Society has released photos from a dog hoarding case where 26 dogs were removed from a Racine home on Friday.
Terry Bogard, 63, and Heather Jensen, 33, were charged with 26 misdemeanor counts of mistreating animals — intentional or negligent violation. If convicted on all charges, the couple faces up to 19 years, six months in prison and/or fines up to $260,000.
In court on Monday, Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set a $5,000 signature bond for the couple.
The couple volunteered for Lucky Mutt dog rescue, which Jensen was the president of until she was removed from the position on Friday, according to their Facebook page.
Jensen wrote the following response to the first story:
“Well obviously they let a family member take our dogs as ALL dogs are in good physical health. Most have been to the vet in the last 30 days and most are even sporting $60 Seresto collars. Let the full story come out before jumping to conclusions. Even the ammonia meter that Marcia from the health department was wearing never got over 3 and the odor that the officer reported when approaching the house was the garbage cans as we missed our Monday garbage day due to Labor Day!”
The 24 seized dogs are not being adopted out. They are considered evidence in a criminal investigation, said Angela Speed, spokesperson for the Wisconsin Humane Society.
“Not knowing the full background or details, in most animal hoarding cases, people who keep a lot of animals in their home love animals and they want to help animals,” Speed said. “But it just spirals out of control and there aren’t enough resources to care for 26 animals in a residence. In every hoarding case, it’s different. This one is more complex knowing that she is the former president of a rescue group.”
The Wisconsin Humane Society seized 24 of the 26 dogs, which were rescue dogs. The other two dogs belonged to Bogard and Jensen. Those dogs were taken in by family members.
If you sell 25 or more animals a year, the rescue needs to be licensed and inspected by the state through the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
“Hoarding cases are interesting,” Speed said. “People who hoard have a 97 percent recidivism rate. We’re just grateful that the Racine Police Department and the City of Racine Health Department worked hard to get animals out. These animals were in crates that were stacked. There was no access to water.”