Northwest Indiana Times
Fifty-five dogs were removed last month from a home in Northwest Indiana. The next day they took 27 more, and on Wednesday 23.
Another 23 dogs were taken this week from an Indiana woman's home, a month after 82 dogs were removed.
In total, animal control officers took more than 100 dogs, and the woman who lives in the home on the 100 block of East County Road 1400N faces a number of misdemeanor cruelty charges to animals.
Donna Montoya, 50, was arrested on for 11 counts of neglect of an animal and three counts of harboring a non-immunized dog, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Animal control first went to the home in November after neighbors told the local health department they were worried that animal waste was getting into their drinking water. On a subsequent visit, Montoya surrendered seven puppies that were infested with fleas, officials said.
Porter County officials reportedly waited until Jan. 11 to move in and remove all the dogs, because they wanted to be sure they had a place to take the animals. Two officials were bitten by the dogs and required medical attention, officials said.
The 20 adult dogs and three puppies removed Wednesday were left over because the other dogs overwhelmed the temporary shelter, officials told the Sun-Times.
Since then, calls and donations have poured in for the rescued dogs.
Montoya reportedly told authorities she thought she was doing the right thing by keeping the dogs and not giving them up.