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A Wausau landlord says he was checking his duplex for frozen pipes this March when he found two dogs in a small kennel containing feces, and no food and water. A neighbor brought the dogs to the Marathon County Humane Society where they were immediately seen by a veterinarian. The dogs, two teacup Chihuahuas, were both kept in a 13''x 21'' kennel that measured 17'' tall. A veterinarian said they were underweight and gave them the worst rating on an animal health scale.
Police say the kennel Pepe and Lopez were in had urine soaked bedding. They also said the dogs had feces in their food dish.
Investigators learned the dog's owner and tenant of the duplex, Nicole Miller, 19, was not allowed to have dogs per her rental agreement. According to court documents, Miller told police she moved the dogs into the basement on February 16 as they had crewed hole in the carpet in her apartment. Miller reportedly told police immediately after that date she would provide the dogs with food and water and would take them out her balcony to go to the bathroom. Miller also told police she had a friend who would come and take care of the dogs, but did tell police there were a few times when she wasn't able to feed the dogs or let them out.
Miller said she had bought the dogs in December and believed they were 12 weeks old at the time.
Miller is facing four misdemeanor charges for not properly taking care of the dogs. She was also issued two penalties for not keeping the dogs in a proper sized space. She pleaded not guilty to the charges July 1 and is free on $750 signature bond.
Miller surrendered the dogs to the humane society in March. Employees there tell us the dogs are back up to weigh, and have been adopted by new families.
Miller is expected to reach a plea deal in the case September 3.
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