CITY OF BROOKFIELD – Some of the dogs rescued from a hoarding situation last week are now available for adoption at the Elmbrook Humane Society.

Ten dogs were taken in at EBHS last Wednesday. In total, 74 dogs were rescued from a hoarding situation in Wood County after the South Wood Humane Society in Wisconsin Rapids worked with the owner to surrender them in order for them to receive the care that they need.

“Animal hoarding is an unfortunate situation in which individuals believe they are doing the right thing by taking in animals because they care, yet not realizing when they reach their capacity to be able to provide quality care,” EBHS Executive Director Heather Gehrke said.

While some of the dogs were ready as of last Friday to meet their new families and find their new homes, Gehrke noted that it may be awhile before some of the others are fully adjusted and ready to take similar steps.

"For a few, it will likely be a few weeks as they have not been socialized to this point and need to go into foster to learn life skills and that people are their friends," Gehrke said.

EBHS and the Wisconsin Humane Society both accepted dogs and helped to transport them last week. The animals are in need of medical examinations, spaying and neutering and basic medical care such as vaccinations, deworming and heartworm testing.

“We are grateful we are able to take care of anything these 10 dogs need and are able to do so in large part due to the support received from our community,” Gehrke said.

Donors interested in making a contribution to the dogs' care can do so at www.razoo.com/story/Elm-Brook-Humane-Society.

According to the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, the dogs were rescued after authorities got a tip about unsanitary living conditions and a lack of food at their home in Wood County.

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