ASPCA Places Animals from Wisconsin Hoarding Case for Adoption in Madison

Dogs, parakeet will be made available at Dane County Humane Society
October 9, 2014

Madison, Wis.—The ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) announced today that animals seized last month from an overcrowded mobile home in rural Kendall, Wis. will be transferred to Dane County Humane Society in Madison to be made available for adoption.

Over the past three weeks, the dogs have been housed in a temporary shelter established by the ASPCA where they received medical care and behavior assessments. Additionally, ASPCA behaviorists provided behavioral enrichment and socialization to reduce stress and improve mental health.

“Today is a big step forward for these dogs,” said Jessica Rushin, senior partnerships manager for ASPCA Field Investigations and Response (FIR). “We are grateful to Dane County Humane Society for helping us find adopters for these animals and hope the residents of Madison will open up their homes to give these animals a chance to be someone’s pet.”

Dane County Humane Society will take in nine dogs—ranging from Chihuahuas to Pomeranians—as well as one parakeet from the case. Dane County Humane Society is located at 5132 Voges Road in Madison, Wis. Those interested in adopting from Dane County Humane Society should visit for more information on the adoption process.

“We are very appreciative of the ASPCA’s actions and support to remove these animals from a very unfortunate situation,” said Gayle Viney, Public Relations Coordinator for Dane County Humane Society. “With the help of our amazing community, these animals will get a second chance at a better life.”

The remaining dogs will require behavioral rehabilitation for extreme fear and undersocialization and they will be transported to the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, N.J., where animal behavior experts will provide treatment to improve their well-being and help them become suitable for adoption.

“Some dogs rescued from hoarding situations have suffered such a degree of neglect that they are fearful of everyday sights and sounds,” said Kristen Collins, director of the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavioral Rehabilitation Center. “Our goal is to help these dogs overcome their fears and become ready for the next chapter of their lives.”

On September 18, the ASPCA assisted in the removal, transport, sheltering and medical treatment of 15 animals from a mobile home in Kendall, Wis. at the request of the Monroe County Humane Investigator and the Monroe County Sherriff’s Office. The dogs were discovered living among feces, trash and rotting food in a poorly ventilated environment. ASPCA responders also discovered animal remains on the property.

For more information about animal hoarding and how to help a suspected hoarder, visit