Cops Seize 40 German Shepherds from Unsanitary Conditions at Pocomoke Kennel
Posted: Jul 20, 2018 9:57 PM
By Nicole Edenedo
(POCOMOKE CITY, Md.) - A Somerset County woman could soon be facing charges for allegedly keeping dozens of dogs in deplorable conditions.
Forty German Shepherds were seized from a property on Hayward road in Pocomoke City Wednesday afternoon.
Somerset County Sheriff Ronnie Howard said the homeowner, Linda Brown, runs a dog kennel on the property.
Thirty-eight adults and two puppies were rescued from the kennel and taken to the county dog control office where they are currently undergoing medical evaluations.
Information on the condition of the dogs has not yet been released.
It's unclear if all of the dogs are expected to survive.
"The deputies that were at the scene went into the home and observed the kennels and the conditions and photographs were taken. They did apprise me that they were not in the best of condition," said Sheriff Howard.
Once evaluated police said the dogs will be sent to shelters in Wicomico and Worcester county.
Dog control officials received several complaints earlier this month about animals being kept in deplorable conditions on the property.
The sheriff said urine soaked floors and fecal matter were found by investigators during the search.
"We had assistance from the Wicomico and Worcester county dog control, and also a veterinarian from the Somerset Animal Hospital."
It's yet another case of gross negligence against animals on the shore following the March discovery of over 25 mostly dead horses on a farm in Quantico, and the case of several dogs seized from a home in Seaford in 2017.
"I've worked somerset county since 1986 as a trooper and this is the first time that I've encountered a case like this personally in the county."
Charges for Brown have not been filed yet as the sheriff's says they are working with the states attorney's office to determine the best course of action.