2 dogs trapped in Kansas storage unit for a month, authorities say

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HILLSDALE, Kan. (KAKE) -

Authorities are investigating a case of animal cruelty after two dogs were found trapped in a storage facility in eastern Kansas. 

A woman who rents at Hillsdale Boat and Mini-Storage said the barking coming from a storage locker on Saturday is something she's never heard before. She told WDAF that she and her kids walked up and down the rows until they found where it was coming from. 

The woman said she called a friend who works at a pet rescue and then police. When they opened the locker, they found two dogs in kennels. 

"They couldn’t stand. They were lay down kennels," the woman told the Kansas City Fox station. "The bigger dog had a piece of paper it was eating until it could not reach it no more."

The Miami County Sheriff's Office says the dogs were trapped in there for about a month.

After tracking down the owner, the sheriff's office discovered the dogs being left in the unit was not a mistake. The dogs were allegedly left on purpose until the woman saved them. 

One of the dogs was eating and drinking water, but the second was emaciated and in bad shape.

"One of her eyes was matted, bubbled shut. She had open sores on her arm or her paw. She tried to hold her head up, and it would just fall back down," the woman said.

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The sheriff's office has not given updates on the status of the dogs. Charges are pending.


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Authorities in eastern Kansas say two dogs are in critical condition after being locked inside a storage facility for up to a month.

The Miami County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded at around 4 a.m. Saturday to a report of a dog locked inside a storage unit at Hillsdale Boat and Mini-Storage. 

Responding deputies heard barking coming from inside a unit and entered to find the two dogs, chocolate Labrador and a Belgian Malinois, in separate kennels. The Paola Police Department's animal control unit assisted in transporting the dogs to a local veterinarian. 

Capt. Matthew Kelly said it is believed the dogs had been in the storage unit for up to a month with minimal care.

Kelly said the case is still under investigating and that the suspect is cooperating with law enforcement.

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