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Welfare check leads to discovery of dead resident, 18 chihuahuas

PAYETTE — Unable to contact their loved one for three days, a family member and neighbor requested a Welfare Check on a Payette resident on Tuesday. When law enforcement arrived to follow up, they soon discovered the person was dead, but that there were 16 chihuahuas alone in the house.

Eventually officers ended up with 18 dogs, as two puppies were born in the city’s kennel on the first night. With the city unable to board so many dogs at once, Payette Police Department leaned on the Idaho Humane Society, which came to the rescue of both the city and the chihuahuas.

“My department is extremely grateful for the Idaho Humane Society,” Payette Police Chief Gary Marshall wrote in an email on Wednesday. “Without their assistance and ability to board such a large number of dogs, we would have greatly overwhelmed our kennel.” Read more…

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