Lyon Co. couple face 14 counts of animal abuse after 17 wolfdogs are rescued
HARTFORD, KS. (KSNT) – A Lyon County couple face 14 counts of animal abuse after 17 wolfhounds were rescued from a Hartford home.
On May 26, deputies for Lyon County and Animal Control contacted a conservation group as they served orders from Hartford City Court. The house had complaints of excessive noise and animals in the house. The city only allows five pets over the age of six.
According to Guardians of the Wolves CEO Lori Wynn, the scene she entered that day was one of the most gruesome she had ever seen in her years of rescuing wolves. Wolfdogs are a unique breed that is part domestic dog and part wolf.
When authorities and the rescue team arrived, the plan was to take all but five of the animals, but it was determined that conditions were not safe for any living things. For example, the animals were elbows in the backyard sewers. Back inside, the scene seemed to be even worse.
“There was animal droppings all over the house, the smell was awful, but there was a specific room where there were two adult animals kept in cages, which is just awful,” Wynn said. . “And then from that room it leads to a room where there was feces everywhere and blood everywhere – this room is where we found two puppies.” We were told there that two more puppies died, so we assume that’s where the blood came from.
According to Wynn, at least one puppy has been shown to be inbred from sibling wolfdogs.
Wynn said the puppies are currently in foster care and are slowly recovering. The adults were extremely malnourished. Many of them suffered from parvo and heartworm, among other illnesses. She also believes that one of them was just lost due to rage during KSNT’s conversation on Tuesday.
“Two days before our arrival, two different SUVs pulled up, one loaded. They have removed a lot of puppies from the property, ”said Wynn. “Another SUV came and took a group of adult dogs. We’re very worried about this because anyone who could help him is part of the problem here. ”
The wolfhounds have been taken to a specialized sanctuary for these types of dogs, but the location of their new home is being kept private for their safety.
“She had threatened that if someone came to pick up her animals, she would kill them,” Wynn said.