Police Find Shocking Sight In Dog Rescue Facility Raid
December 17, 2014 — Lakeshore Public Media staff
Lake County Sheriff’s investigators raided a south Lake County farm listed as a non-profit dog rescue facility yesterday and may charge its owner with animal neglect and harboring non-immunized dogs.
Detective Michelle Dvorscak says they went out to 22916 Harrison Street, in the Lowell area, because of concern from volunteers at “PawsHere Foundation” about the well-being of the animals there. They found 10 living and two dead dogs. Some of the dogs were being housed in dirt runs outside, while others were in kennels in a barn and garage.
The facility is owned by Kenneth D. Wilson. “PawsHere Foundation” describes itself on its website as a nonprofit no-kill shelter for dogs “who have been abandoned or rejected by former owners, or who have been subject to abuse or inhuman treatment by people, or who need medical treatment and care.”
Dvorscak says she became aware of a problem at the facility in October and talked with Wilson, who agreed to fix the issues she pointed out to him.