91 dogs removed from rural Franklin Co., IL home

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91 dogs removed from rural Franklin Co., IL home (Source - Franklin County Sheriff's Office))

Wednesday, August 8th 2018, 1:30 pm CDT

FRANKLIN COUNTY, IL (Heartland News at 9) - A mother and her two sons could face animal cruelty charges after a large number of dogs were removed from their home Monday, August 6.

According to Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones, 91 dogs were removed from the home of Trudie D. Casler, 54, in rural Macedonia, Illinois.

A person stopping at the home around noon called Franklin Animal Control to report conditions at the home.

Casler, her two sons, 32-year-old Matthew L. Casler, and 30-year-old Sean R. Casler were taken into custody after deputies and animal control officers served a warrant.

Sheriff Jones says the Franklin County State's Attorney Office could file further charges.

The Casler's are accused of keeping the dogs in deplorable conditions and are being held on tentative charges of cruelty to animals.

According to Franklin County Animal Control Supervisor Thad Snell, the home does not have air conditioning, all the windows were locked and closed, and the dogs were kept in random areas. Some of the dogs were in cages, in closed rooms, closets, or randomly running loose. It's unclear if the Casler's were living in the home with the dogs.

Snell says this was the worst animal seizure he has worked and that the dogs are not friendly and have had little-to-no interaction with humans. It took officers at least 12 hours to remove the dogs from the home.

A couple of no-kill animal groups have stepped in to take care of the dogs, which are mixed medium-to-large breeds.

Progressive Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S.) out of Jacksonville, Il. is caring for 45 animals and Perry County Humane Society in Du Quoin, Il is caring for a several.

About 30 of the dogs remain at the Franklin County Animal Control facility in Benton. They will not be available for adoption at this time.