WESTCHESTER TOWNSHIP | A day after 55 dogs were removed from a rural home, police and animal control officers returned and took another 27 dogs.
Sgt. Larry LaFlower, public information officer with the Porter County Sheriff's Department, said even with at least four trucks taking multiple trips from the site Wednesday, officers were unable to remove all the dogs from the farmhouse on County Road 1400 North.
Porter County Animal Control officers returned Thursday morning, and LaFlower said the dogs' owner, Donna Montoya, was cooperative as more of her dogs were taken for veterinary evaluations.
Porter County sheriff's police and Animal Control officers obtained a search warrant Tuesday for the home after neighbors said they feared animal waste was getting into their drinking water.
LaFlower said the Porter County Animal Shelter is coordinating evaluations for the dogs. Shelter management couldn't be reached for comment Thursday, but police said dogs found at the site earlier this month tested positive as carrying parvovirus and were infested with fleas.
LaFlower said once animal control officers complete their report, animal cruelty charges could be filed against Montoya.