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UPDATE: 9 dogs taken in by humane society

(yellow lab) photo courtesy of bk images.
(yellow lab) photo courtesy of bk images.

UPDATE:  Marathon County Sheriff's investigators confirm they are recommending animal cruelty charges against the owner of the dogs.  The District Attorney's office says they have not yet received the request for charges.  The name of the owner has not been made public.


WAUSAU, Wis (WSAU)  Nine dogs were taken in for shelter by the Marathon County Humane Society yesterday because of the extreme cold. The animals were tethered outside at a property in Hamburg. The Humane Society took action because the dog's water was frozen.

At the time the animals were taken in, it was -15 with a wind chill of -40. Vets say even healthy dogs can't keep themselves warm in those conditions. The animals have been checked at the humane society shelter in Wausau. They're all in good shape.

The Marathon County sheriffs department is investigating whether any charges will be filed against the owner.