ALBERT LEA, Minn. — A southern Minnesota woman was arrested and had multiple dogs seized from her home this week.
37-year-old Melissa Carroll was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, obstructing justice and having more dogs than allowed inside her home.
It is a call Christa Stieler and those at the Freeborn County Humane Society do not ever want to get, but they were ready when they learned their help was needed at a home in Albert Lea.
“We were told that the dogs were all in crates, they were stacked in the kitchen, that’s what we were told by law enforcement, so, again, probably not the greatest conditions,” Stieler said.
Police stopped by the house around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday on a report of too many dogs in the home. Two hours later they returned to the home with a warrant.
“We had the same thing occur in December, they went in with a search warrant again and I think we had 13 dogs come out that time,” Stieler said.
It is a very similar situation to what happened in December, but this time nine dogs were removed from the house.
”She was still running an animal shelter down there, or rescue, animal rescue. My understanding is she was taking dogs in from other states and bringing them to Albert Lea,” said Lt. Jeff Strom of the Albert Lea Police Department.
The problem with that is there is no kennel permit in Albert Lea city limits. Residents are only allowed two cats and two dogs at a time.
“The reason is for the health and safety of the residents. Too many dogs, excess feces, the noise. Sounds like the back yard of the residence was covered with dog feces,” Strom said.
So the dogs are now in the hands of those at the Freeborn County Humane Society. If the owners cannot find homes for the dogs by next Wednesday, they will be taken in by the humane society until they can be adopted out.
“We’ll deal with what we have to deal with and if these dogs end up in our care permanently, we’ll adopt them out to good homes. There’s nice little dogs in there, I’m not worried about that piece at all,” Stieler said.
After the incident in December, Carroll told us she was going to take legal action against the city and the humane society. She has since been convicted of a petty misdemeanor for that and a fine.
The humane society is responsible for funding the board and health care for the dogs from December and the ones taken Wednesday, so they are asking for any support possible.