April 6, 2009
We would like to correct some misinformation regarding some dogs that are currently in our care at Animal Humane Society’s Golden Valley location as part of a St. Paul investigation. Despite some reports to the contrary, AHS has no plans to euthanize the dogs and has never intended to euthanize these dogs.
On March 25 the dogs were taken from a St. Paul residence under a warrant by the City of St Paul and St Paul Animal Control (SPAC). Issues associated with the seizure included: the individual’s lack of a permit to house such a large number of animals, lack of licensing to sell animals and the living conditions of the animals. Animal Humane Society was called to assist and we are now caring for 11 of the dogs. Three are under custody of St. Paul Animal Control and being cared for by SPAC.
As part of this investigation, the dogs are temporarily being held at AHS until a disposition hearing takes place on April 9. At this hearing the judge on the case will make the determination as to who will receive custody of the dogs. For the results of the hearing, please click here.
In Golden Valley, the dogs are under the care of AHS’s veterinary staff. They are in good spirits. Nine of the 11 are generally healthy and two are elderly with a number of health issues that require ongoing attention. Should the animals be released to AHS in the hearing process, we anticipate working with our animal welfare rescue partners to find placements for the dogs.
As we are able to legally, AHS will make more information about this case available here on our website.
Animal Humane Society