Update (Oct. 22):
DREW COUNTY, Ark. – Grim clean-up work continues at the scene where hundreds of dogs were found dead in containers at a home earlier this month.
The Drew County Sheriff’s Office, the Arkansas Department of Health and the State Department of Environmental Quality have been investigating the case.
“There has been closure, to some extent, of the dog hoarding situation, which left an estimated 500 canine carcasses packed in storage crates behind a local home, and in the nearby woods, on Rose Hill Cut-Off Road,” reports our content partner Monticello Live. “Late last week, Get-Rid-of-It delivered 2 industrial waste dumpsters to the address of one the 2 homes involved.”
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Original story (Oct. 9):
DREW COUNTY, Ark. – An investigation is underway after hundreds of dead dogs were found inside containers at a home in Drew County.
The sheriff’s office said they received phone calls and complaints about dogs running loose and growling at kids on Rose Hill Cut-Off Road.
When they went to the home they found dogs buried inside totes.
Heidi Hogue said she’s lived beside the mess for 20 years. She said the dogs were vicious and diseased.
Hogue said she has counted over 60 dogs at the home but believes there are much more.
“They are not family pets. No body was out there playing with those dogs,” Hogue said.
Hogue lives next door to where sheriff deputies found dogs buried inside a tote on Rose Hill Cut-Off Road.
“Those dogs have been on my property,” Hogue said.
Hogue said the dogs attacked and killed her Yorkie in July.
“They scratched his eye in my yard and I filed a police report nothing was done,” Hogue said.
According to documents from the Health Department there were 500 twenty-gallon storage totes with dead dogs in them behind the house.
In the report it also states there were dog feces everywhere inside and outside the home.
“The house had been turned over to the animals like a big human dog house it’s unlivable,” Sheriff Gober said.
Sheriff Mark Gober said the homeowner has taken in shelter and rescue dogs for 20 years.
“Instead of burying the dogs underground she would put them in what she called coffins and these coffins being the plastic totes,” Sheriff Gober said.
Sheriff Gober said the Department of Environmental Quality will properly dispose of the animals.
Hogue said she is glad something is finally being done.
“Yes, but I mean it’s too late for my little dog who I had for nine years and was like a family member to me,” Hogue said.
The Department of Health said there were 43 live dogs removed from the home. It’s unclear where they were taken.
The sheriff said the owner is elderly, in the hospital and won’t face any criminal charges.