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Authorities remove Injured animals from Lake County kennel

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Six of the 11 dogs removed from LDR Kennels in Charlo have been returned to the facility while the remaining five dogs are at a shelter being cared for. 

Anyone interested in becoming a foster family for the remaining animals should click here and then fill out the paperwork. 

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Lake County deputies executed a search warrant and confiscated eleven of the more than 120 dogs housed at the LDR Kennels on Dublin Gulch Road in Charlo on Tuesday.

On their webpage owners Larry and Nadene Latzke claim their puppies are well socialized and receive the utmost in loving and nutritional care, but that is not what officers found.

Deputies say there's a history of complaints against the business but they were never allowed inside to investigate. This time -- after yet another complaint -- law enforcement were able to get a search warrant.

"The smell was really strong -- ammonia. The pens were mesh pens, when they'd use the bathroom they'd fall through the grate on the plastic thing beneath them," Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said.

By state law, only the animals who a vet determined were in physical distress were allowed to be removed on Tuesday.

Sheriff Bell plans to present his case Wednesday to the Lake County Attorney's Office for more charges to be filed in the case.

"We're going to show the video and the photos to the county attorney and see where in the law he believes that is something he can charge them with," Bell said.Lynette:

Life Savers Animal Rescue and other animal care groups and volunteers are helping to rehabilitate the dogs for eventual adoption.

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The Lake County Sheriff's Office has cited a Charlo dog kennel with felony aggravated animal cruelty and confiscated 11 severely ill dogs from the premises Tuesday afternoon.

The investigation of LDR Kennels started after someone complained about the facility after recently purchasing a puppy from the kennel.

Lake County deputies told MTN News that there were several earlier complaints against the business, but authorities were not allowed inside the home at the time. This time, they came with a search warrant.

Some of the dogs had rotten teeth, skin infections and fecal matter matted in their fur.

Deputies say they were told by the kennel owners there were only 30 to 40 dogs at the facility, but that they discovered close to 130 smaller breed dogs at the scene.

Investigators say it does appear the animals had food and water.

At this time, state law only allows authorities to take the most ill and neglected animals.

Lake County Sheriff Don Bell is showing the county attorney photos and videos of the remaining dogs to determine if more charges will be filed in the case.

All the animals rescued Tuesday are under the care of vet for immediate medical care. Click here for more information on how you can help.

(original story)

The Lake County Attorney's Office has charged the owners of LDR Kennel in Charlo with one count of felony aggravated animal cruelty, and more charges could be filed once the investigation wraps up.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office received a complaint from a person who purchased a dog from a kennel in the Mission Valley. The person said the dogs were in horrible condition.

Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says they have received numerous complaints about LDR Kennel.

Bell issued a warrant Tuesday morning where Lake County deputies and Animal Rescue organizers removed the injured dogs Tuesday afternoon.

KPAX will have the latest developments on tonight's 5:30 and 10 p.m. news.

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