May 4, 2017-Lake County Sheriff John Buncich says his office will present charges in the near future after finding 68 dogs, 3 goats and a miniature horse living in a building on a Center Township Property. According to the statement, many of the animals are in urgent need of veterinary care. In addition to the animals, Sheriff’s Deputies seized “evidence that included surgical scalpels and
veterinary medical equipment” when executing a search warrant late yesterday morning. Sheriff Buncich said Animal Control services from Gary, Schererville, Dyer, St. John, and the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana assisted in the removal of the dogs.
According to Sheriff Buncich “all of the animals from the property are being housed at the Lake County Sheriff’s Department Animal Control and Adoption Center. Shelter staff is asking for the public’s assistance with donations to sustain the high volume of animals currently housed at the shelter. Monetary donations for veterinary bills, bleach, liquid Lysol, and blankets are the top current needs at the shelter. Donations of unopened dog food, rags and towels are also welcome. Checks can be made out to Lake County Sheriff’s Department Animal Control and Adoption Center and mailed or dropped off in person at the shelter, which is located in the Lake County Government Center in Crown Point. The animals removed from the property cannot be adopted at this time due to the ongoing nature of the investigation