Seven dogs and a cat were seized by Porter County Animal Control on Monday
from a residence in the 400 block of Sturgeon Drive in Union Township, the
Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
The owner of the animals is facing a possible charge of cruelty to
According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Animal Control Officer
Patrick Cassin, on Oct. 4 a neighbor complained about the smell—which “had
gotten increasingly worse over the course of the last five years”—from a
home across the street. Cassin attempted to speak to the property owner that
day but was unable to make contact, although he did observe “a strong odor
of animal feces coming from inside the residence,” he stated in his
Two days later, Cassin returned, went to the back, and observed through a
sliding glass door animal feces so thick on the floor that “the actual floor
itself could not be seen,” he stated. Once again, however, he was unable to
make contact with the property owner.
Then, on Thursday, concerned about the property owner’s welfare, a PCSP was
dispatched to the residence, where he also failed to make contact but did
say, after looking through the windows, “that the inside of the residence
was in disarray and filled to approximately chest height (five feet) with
A warrant was subsequently obtained and executed on Monday and seven dogs
and a cat recovered from the residence, PCSP Sgt. Larry LaFlower told the
Chesterton Tribune today. No dead animals were found.
The PCSP is seeking a charge of animal cruelty against the property owner.