The Nebraska Humane Society has issued citations against two people in connection with the treatment of two dogs confiscated on Thursday from the basement of a home at 2332 S. 10th Street.
Barbara Hall, 46, and Shawn Hall, 38, have both been cited for Animal Cruelty and Unsanitary Conditions.
Both live at the home from which the dogs were taken.
They signed ownership of both animals to NHS, where the animals are currently receiving vet care for their medical conditions.
Humane Society investigators say the two male dogs had been locked in a cellar.
The Humane Society’s Mark Langan said, "We discovered the dogs in basically like a dungeon. You had to open a cellar door, climb down a rickety ladder, dirt floor, feces filled, black moldy water, no lights for these dogs, from what we understand, for the last couple of months.”
One dog had so many fleas, he was losing its hair. Another dog's fur was so matted, groomers had to shave him.
We knocked on the door of the home where the dogs were found. A family member who lives at the home, but denied owning the dogs, told us the accusations are false and the situation is being blown out of proportion.
The Humane Society says the facts don't lie.
Langan said, “There's no reason in the world why these dogs had to be put in this situation. You have to ask yourself, 'Why have a dog if you're going to treat your dog like this?' and we'll make sure these dogs don't go back to the original owner."
If the Humane Society’s accusations stand up, the Halls could face up to six months in jail and/or a $500 fine.