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FREEPORT, Ill. — A woman is being held in Wisconsin who authorities in Illinois say had 85 live dogs and at least 65 dead dogs and cats at a rural rental house. The Journal-Standard reported that 45-year-old Tina McKinnon was taken into custody in Linn, Wisconsin, early Thursday and faces charges of felony aggravated animal cruelty and misdemeanor cruel treatment to animals. The animals were found Monday morning by Cole Eshleman, the property’s owner, who heard barking while working in a machine shed. More than 30 dogs ran out when he opened the door, he said. He said McKinnon moved in after Christmas. Animal control warden Kristin Laue said the dogs were given free rein in the house. “There were feces all over the house, urine, of course, dogs everywhere: dogs in closets, dogs in the stove, in the duct work,” Laue said.

—The Associated Press


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