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Police discover mass canine grave at NW Indiana dog rescue

(LOWELL, Ind.) Charges were pending Tuesday against a man in northwest Indiana after police found a mass dog grave inside the rescue he owns.

Police first discovered there was a problem at Paws Here Foundation, Inc. in October when volunteers told police that dogs were being neglected, a police spokeswoman said in a statement.

A detective spoke with owner Kenneth D. Wilson, who said he would address the concerns. But a search warrant was obtained after the detective observed no improvements following a “reasonable amount of time,” the statement said.

Officers executed the search warrant at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the rescue in the 22900 block of Harrison Street in Lowell, Ind., the statement said.

Two dead dogs were found in the rescue area, as well as a mass grave with “numerous canine remains,” the statement said. The dogs were housed in dirt runs outside, inside a barn and a garage in kennels.

Ten live dogs were found in need of medical and foster care, the statement said.

Animal neglect charges were pending against Wilson, the statement said.

Any one interested in assisting with medical care, donations for supplies or foster care can call Detective Michelle Dvorsak at (219) 755-3346.