Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Five dead pups were among the animals and evidence seized last week from a rural Kiron farmstead in which 87 dogs were found covered in feces in a shed.

Sac County Sheriff’s deputies searched the property Wednesday at 3975 Dean Ave. with a warrant after a deputy went there three times in a 10-day period and heard the animals barking inside the shed, Chief Deputy Scott Brouwer said in a press release.

The deputy was unable to find Mary Brodersen, the dogs’ owner, on each of those visits.

The deputy “observed conditions which appeared to be a danger to the dogs,” Brouwer said. “The dogs were confined to small cages stacked on top of each other, and the dogs were covered in fecal matter.

“The smell of urine and fecal matter was extremely strong inside the building.”

Deputies and volunteers removed 84 dogs, three pups, a cat and the remains of five dead pups.

No criminal charges have yet been filed against Brodersen.

Brodersen’s neighbor, Jean Ang, said Brodersen had raised dogs for years but that the business had become unprofitable. Brodersen opened a tavern in Kiron and had planned to sell all the dogs, Ang said.