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Updated: February 16, 2014 4:13AM

A 42-year-old North Chicago woman loved living with her two mixed Chihuahuas in her one bedroom apartment on Victoria Street, but as time went on, things got out of control until she had 30 dogs in her small home.

North Chicago Police got a tip Friday, Dec. 13, around 5:30 p.m. about animal neglect and Dana Deustch, animal warden of animal control, pulled up to the location. She saw no indication of what she would eventually find.

“When I knocked on the door, the dogs started barking,” she said, and inside she found 30 dogs, mostly young dogs, all dehydrated, malnourished, some with mange, eye infections, two were pregnant. There were also insect infestations and dog feces, and urine-soaked dog beds.

Dog food was scattered all over the floor.

“She said it just got out of hand,” said Deustch, “She was very cooperative. She cared for the dogs, she loved the dogs,” she said, with most dogs under a year.

“They are all related,” she said.

The woman could face possible charges and the North Chicago Police Department is asking for help to take care of the dogs, whether through donations or working through rescue groups to adopt the animals.

“If you are interested in becoming a volunteer to help with
the dogs, please call (847) 596-8774 to leave a contact number,” she said.

Deustch said the following groups have already stepped up: Castaway Pet Rescue, Round Lake Beach; House of Hope K-9 Rescue, Libertyville; Bichon and Little Buddies Rescue, Mukwonago, Wis.; Secondhand Snoots Rescue, Gurnee; and Petropolis Adoptions of McHenry.

“These people are amazing when it comes to helping,” she said, “We had volunteers pouring in.”

Two dogs had to be taken to an emergency veterinarian. One was pregnant and another might be a false pregnancy.

“She relinquished all the dogs and she doesn’t get them back,” Deutsch said. Some will take longer to socialize before they can be adopted.

Deustch said the dogs are being held in a garage in several cages at the police station for now and toys were provided.

“I can’t tell you what it was like to see them playing with toys. They’re gong to be puppies again,” she said.

Charges are pending against the dog owner.

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