UPDATE: FRIDAY, 4/22/22, 9:00 P.M.
SPANISH FORK, Utah (ABC4) – The Utah County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) responded to a call that there may be dogs kept in inhumane conditions in a home near Spanish Fork.
“The conditions they found were deplorable, they were sickening would be putting it mildly,” explained UCSO Sgt. Spencer Cannon
When a deputy arrived, he talked with a woman who owned the property… and saw two puppies in a kennel on the kitchen floor. The puppies appeared to be ill.
“Another deputy a day or two earlier had been dispatched to the same home and had not been able to get in contact with anybody,” said Sgt. Cannon.
When the deputy returned to the property to talk with the woman, he saw several malnourished dogs in kennels and saw a shed that seemed to be housing dogs.
“In these kennels many of them there were just a wide steel grate on the ground, presumably to allow the feces and urine to fall through to the ground, but in many cases that had built up,” said Sgt. Cannon.
In a follow-up, the deputy learned the woman and her husband owned two other properties, one in Orem, and another in Provo. “There were also dogs in those locations and the conditions those dogs were being kept in were less than satisfactory to put it kindly,” Sgt. Cannon said.
On the morning of April 14, deputies served a search warrant for the properties.
“When we got there, parked next to it, we weren’t parked right next to the building, we could smell the odor coming from the building,” recalled Kierstan Mumford, the director of South Utah Valley Animal Shelter.
Two dogs were removed from a home in Orem, 26 from a home in Provo, and 55 from the home near Spanish Fork. In total, 83 dogs were seized but deputies were unable to find the first two puppies. All of the dogs were split between North Utah Valley Animal Shelter and South Utah Valley Animal Shelter.
“We have 55 at our shelter which almost doubled the number of dogs at our shelter. They’re racking up, it’s like 1200 dollars a day for these dogs to be in these 2 shelters,” Mumfords said.
The woman has yet to be arrested or charged, but Sgt. Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s office said charges could include multiple felony animal cruelty charges.
SPANISH FORK, Utah (ABC4) – A recent search warrant served at three different locations in Spanish Fork uncovered 83 dogs in dire conditions. The Utah County Sherriff’s Office (UCSO) took custody of all of the dogs.
At this time, the UCSO notes that obstruction and dozens of animal cruelty charges are to be filed.
The suspect of these crimes is unknown at this time.
A press briefing for this incident will be held at 3:30 p.m.