Sheriff’s Deputies Investigate Cruelty to Animals in Whiteford

More Than 50 Dogs Found in Two Homes

(Whiteford, Md. – May 12, 2006) — Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies, in cooperation with the Harford County Animal Control and the Harford County Health Department, are investigating suspected cruelty to animals at two homes in northern Harford County. Fifty-seven dogs were discovered in one house and a nearby garage located in the 2900 block of Whiteford Road in the Whiteford community of the Harford County. Deputies also found one deceased dog on the property. A search of the second home is pending.

Deputies were summoned to the property when an area resident detected a strong foul odor coming from the property. As a result, deputy sheriffs in concert with Harford County Animal Control obtained a search and seizure warrant to enter two homes and a garage to determine the nature of the odor. Once inside the dwellings, deputies found fecal matter and urine throughout the property and numerous dogs in desperate need of care.

Due to the concern for public safety of area residents, the Harford County Hazardous Materials Response Team, local fire and rescue and county health officials were also summoned to the scene to assist.

The investigation of the incident is continuing. Animals recovered from the property will be taken into custody by Harford County Animal Control. Charges are pending against the property owner.