Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Not disclosed - man, 38 2 pitbulls seized

Racine, WI

Racine County

September 1998  
Not disclosed - man, 38 4 dogs, 1 pup seized, 2 others found dead

Racine, WI

Racine County

December 3, 1998  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date
Felony   8 dogs, 1 pup Alleged  

Two pitbulls were found dead and five more in poor condition in what an animal officer said might be the worst case of dog abuse in Racine County.

Officials had not determined how the two dogs died, but all seven dogs had wounds or sores, said Racine County Humane Officer Jody Halladay. The other five dogs, including a puppy, should survive, she said.

One dog was found tied up outside; inside the house, one dog was running loose and the others were tied up in the basement, Halladay said. Blood was splattered on a wall near one of the dead dogs, and feces covered the floor, she said.

A neighbor complaining about dogs barking called police to a home in the 1300 block of Villa St. Sgt. Art Howell said. The two dogs apparently were killed by the others, but that could not be determined, Howell said. The dogs' owner could face animal cruelty charges, he said.

Update 12/6/98:   The 38-year-old tenant said the dogs were not his and he did not know how they had gotten there, Howell said.

The dogs' owner could face animal cruelty charges, he said.

The tenant was ordered to clean up the home and property within 24 hours, said Shane Scarbrough, the city's environmental health director.

The property is managed by West Shore Management of Racine, which had not received any complaints about dogs in the past, manager Patti Bueno said. But Halladay, the humane officer, said she had removed two pitbulls from the same home about four months ago.

The surviving dogs will remain at a shelter until any legal action is taken, Halladay said. If the dogs are taken away from the owner, new owners will be sought, she said.

Some people keep pitbulls because they can breed them and sell the puppies for $100 or more apiece, Halladay said. Ald. Frank Tingle, who lives near the home where the dogs were found, said the neighborhood has had problems with people arranging dogfights for sport.


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel