NORTH ADAMS -- The city's animal control officer, with assistance of the city's police department and inspectors, rescued 31 Labrador Retrievers from a home Wednesday.
The North Adams Police Department announced Thursday via its Facebook account that Animal Control Officer Carrie Loholdt deemed the living conditions of the dogs unfit and removed them from the premises. Several dogs were only hours old, while two are still pregnant.
It is not yet clear if charges will be brought against the owner of the dogs.
Loholdt, when reached by phone on Friday, referred questions about the incident to Police Director Michael Cozzaglio.
Cozzaglio, who did not return call about the incident on Thursday, is expected to make an announcement about the situation in the coming days. The incident is still under investigation.
Mayor Richard Alcombright confirmed Friday that Loholdt and members of the city's inspections services department were responding to a complaint on Wednesday, contrary to reports that the owner had come to authorities for help.
Police logs indicate that a complaint was received at 2:58 a.m. Wednesday about dogs "barking over three hours" at 1341 South State St.
At 10:15 a.m., records show that Loholdt, with the North Adams Board of Health, requested the assistance of an officer at "Rick's Auto Sales." Rick's Quality Auto Sales is listed at 1369 South State St. in North Adams.
Animal Control worked with local shelters to place every rescued dog. The Berkshire Humane Society, Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter, and Northern Berkshire Cat Rescue worked with Animal Control to take in the animals. Both pregnant dogs were taken in by the Northern Berkshire Cat Rescue.
According to a post on the Berkshire Humane Society's Facebook page, the shelter took in nine of the 31 dogs.
"The good news is we have a stack of 30+ applicants looking to adopt. We will contact those families for meet-ups as they are processed," the post stated.
The Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter posted via its Facebook page on Friday that "all of our adoptable Labradors found their new homes today and will be leaving the shelter shortly with their new families."
Loholdt, also an animal control officer in Savoy and formerly Adams, was hired by the city earlier this month.
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