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Four dogs have been kept in a fenced kennel outside a foreclosed house in Monticello, Indiana for over seven months with no one to care for them. Neighbors are furious about four dogs left behind at this house, and some said these dogs have been neglected and are starving. "These dogs are lucky if they get fed once a week, and that's with the neighbors being generous enough to be able to throw scraps and stuff over to them," said neighbor Becky Harrison.
The former owner, Patricia Willoughby, said financial issues contributed to the current situation. Willoughby, who now lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, said she and her family were forced into a homeless shelter and were unable to take the dogs with them.
But Willoughby departed in January, over nine months ago, and Willoughby's dogs have been the subject of much discussion. 17-year-old neighbor Brittany Henson said some of the dogs have died from neglect. "There used to be 10 ... in there, and there's like three or four now. There were puppies that me and my boyfriend tried to rescue, but they ended up dying," said Henson.
Although distraught neighbors have contacted the Carroll County Sheriff's Department to remove the dogs, another financial issue has kept the dogs in place. Sheriff Tony Burns said that in 2007 animal control was cut from the county's budget. That's not the only issue. "The other thing that we have going against us is that there are no shelters in Carroll County. So the issue becomes, even if we could pick the dogs up, where would we take them and who would pay for it?" asked Sheriff Burns. The Sheriff's Department told Willoughby she has until Sept. 1 to remove the dogs.
susan · 4 hours ago I can't believe the police are waiting until Sept. 1 to file neglect charges. This is just unreal. I don't understand why she could not take them to a no kill shelter. There is no reason for the mistreatment of any animal. She could of put them in the paper for free or on Free Cycle.com and I am sure some on would of taking them in. This just makes me sick. She should be left outside in January with little or no food or water for 7 month and see how well she does.
Tracy · 1 hour ago If I knew the address of where these dogs were i would go get them myself. If anyone knows, please let me know because I will definitely go get them and provide them with any medical care they may need and will either keep them myself or find them good homes. They are living beings with feelings just like humans, they deserve to have a chance at a good life. This story completely sickens me beyond believe. This is absolutely disgusting and Carroll county should be ashamed, authorites there are just as horrible as the woman who left these poor dogs. Please post the address if anyone knows it or let me know how I can get it.