The Wisconsin Humane Society took in 80 dogs, 12 cats and two pigs from the seizure. While all of the animals needed medical attention, at least 50 dogs and some of the cats will be available for adoption from noon to 8 p.m. on June 18 at the Wisconsin Humane Society’s emergency shelter, 5326 Durand Ave.
“After two weeks of excellent medical care and so much love and attention, the dogs are feeling so much better,” said Angela Speed, director of communications at WHS. “Some may need to finish the last few days of their medication at home, but we know that adopters are not only willing to take on that responsibility, but are in fact eager to help when they learn recovery happens faster on a couch than in a shelter.”
The animals that still need medical attention will be available for adoption when they are cleared.
Debra Gray, 55, was charged on June 2 in Racine County Circuit Court with 85 misdemeanor counts of intentional mistreatment of animals and 1 count of operating an animal shelter without a license. If convicted, she faces up to 64 years, three months in jail and/or up to $860,000 in fines.
Gray is accused of keeping too many animals in an unlicensed facility that was also deemed filthy and unfit for the animals.
The humane society treated the dogs for respiratory infections, ear and eye infections, glaucoma, topical wounds, fleas, dental disease and paw injuries from standing in urine and feces.
All of the adoptions will be on a first-come, first-served basis as long as the adoption is a good match for the animal and the family, according to shelter officials.
Those people interested in adopting the animals will need to fill out a profile on-site, work with a one-on-one counselor to learn about the animals needs and be prepared to take the animal home that day.
The adoption process requires the person to bring a photo identification card and proof of residence. Adoption fees will range from $79 to $309, which covers the cost of spay/neuter surgery, microchip, initial vaccination, 30 days pet health insurance and a certificate for a free veterinary exam.. The fee for the adult cats are waived.
In order to fully staff the special adoption event, the WHS Racine Campus on Chicory Road will be closed Wednesday; the WHS Milwaukee and Ozaukee Campuses will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.