FULL STORY: Two charged with animal cruelty in Hettinger County

Multiple charges have been filed after a large amount of animals were recovered from a property in Hettinger County Halloween evening.

The Hettinger County Sheriff, along with other agencies, recovered more than 50 animals from a property near Mott. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Herald)
The Hettinger County Sheriff, along with other agencies, recovered more than 50 animals from a property near Mott. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Herald)

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor

cbenz@countrymedia.net

Multiple charges have been filed after a large amount of animals were recovered from a property in Hettinger County Halloween evening.

Mary and William Ziegler have both been charged with animal cruelty, a Class C felony, and animal neglect, a Class A misdemeanor, according to the criminal complaint.

Hettinger County Sheriff Sarah Warner told the Herald that the investigation is ongoing, and could not discuss many details of the case.

According to court documents, the environment was filthy, and covered in feces and urine.

Additionally, law enforcement recovered animals that had died as a result of the unfit conditions, according to the criminal complaint.

Assisting the Hettinger County Sheriff’s Department in the recovery of the animals was the Regent Fire Department. West River Veterinary Clinic was also called upon for assistance.

Dr. Lisa Henderson said that her, another vet, and a team of three vet assistants examined more than 50 dogs. Henderson said she couldn’t put an exact number on the amount of animals rescued.

West River Vet was contacted Oct. 31, and Dr. Jenna Innes took in a mother and her puppies that eventing at the clinic. Henderson said that they examined the rest of the rescues the next day at the Hettinger County Fairground in Mott. The examinations took a few hours, and Henderson credited law enforcement and the Regent Fire Department with assisting and making the process move quickly.

“They were wonderful, everybody did a really good job, team work was awesome,” she said.

Henderson said the dogs were mostly free of injuries related to physical abuse, she was adamant that they needed to be removed from the situation.

“Those dogs needed to be taken out of their environment,” Henderson said.

The dogs appeared to be void of social interaction, as evident by their hesitation to approach any human contact.

“[The dogs] would rather run from you,” Henderson said.

The animals have been sent to various rescue organizations around the region. Those who took in animals include Furry Friends (Bismarck-Mandan), Second Hand Paws (Glendive, Mont.), Bakken Paws (Dickinson). Also assisting was Hot Dog Pet Grooming and Lois Laches, also of Mott.

Individuals who do not want to foster an animal but would like to help, monetary donations can be given to Hot Dog Pet Grooming and Laches in Mott. West River Veterinary Clinic in Hettinger can also be contacted for more information on how you can help.

A preliminary hearing for Mary and William Ziegler is scheduled for Dec. 1, 2016 in Southwest District Court at the Hettinger County Courthouse in Mott.

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