The Keene Police Department is investigating a case of animal cruelty after an officer on Tuesday discovered an abandoned house full of dogs.
KPD Chief Jackson said there were seven adult dogs — one was deceased — and seven puppies.
“We got a call for a dog that was loose,” he said. “When we got out there, we discovered there were 11 dogs in pretty bad condition.”
Jackson said the dogs were hungry, and appeared to have been abandoned for at least 15 days.
“They were pretty skittish, but they weren’t aggressive or anything,” he said. “We managed to corral all of them into some cages and were able to get them to the animal shelter where we were able to feed them, gave them vaccinations and treated them for fleas.”
David Bass, a nearby neighbor of the animal shelter, assisted officers by transporting the dogs in his truck.
Jackson said detectives know who the owner is.
“We are looking at potential charges for animal cruelty,” he said. “We are working with the county attorney’s office on this.”
A hold on the dogs is in place through Friday. After that, the dogs will be available for adoption or foster homes.