Authorities investigating the deaths of several dogs found in Cottage Grove earlier this week rescued nearly two dozen dogs after executing a warrant in Andover on Friday.
The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office says deputies and the Animal Humane Society executed the warrant at a building near the 15800 block of Seventh Avenue Northwest around 10 a.m. The operation was related to the eight dogs that were found dead on Gray Cloud Island on Sunday.
Authorities say the building searched Friday is believed to be where the dogs found on Gray Cloud Island died.
It comes two days after Cottage Grove police announced a A person had confessed to abandoning the dogs on Gray Cloud Island. but he is not believed to be the person who killed them. The cause of his death remains under investigation.
While executing the warrant Friday, the sheriff’s office says 22 dogs were removed from the facility (unrelated to the building’s former occupant) and the rescued dogs are being cared for by the Humane Society.
As of Friday afternoon, the sheriff’s office said no one had been arrested and no charges had been filed.
The incident remains under investigation and authorities are not releasing any further information at this time.
The Humane Society issued the following statement to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS:
“The Cottage Grove Police Department requested assistance from the Animal Humane Society after officers discovered the bodies of eight deceased dogs. In this case, we performed preliminary necropsies on all eight dogs and forwarded our findings to the Cottage Grove Police Department. At the request of the Cottage Grove Police Department, an AHS humane officer accompanied officers to speak with a suspect in the case. As the case developed, AHS humane agents were asked to assist the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office in removing dogs from a property in the county related to the Cottage Grove case.
“AHS humane officers are the only full-time professional humane investigators in the state and we partner with local agencies and community members to provide help and support whenever possible.
“While all humanitarian investigation cases are difficult, this was a particularly heartbreaking case. “We are grateful to have been able to help the Cottage Grove Police Department and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office find answers to this situation.”