Janesville pair charged with felony mistreating a dozen puppies

Sheriff's office says man, woman were operating as a dog dealer without a license

A Janesville man and woman are facing felony charges in connection with the mistreatment of a dozen puppies in late June, officials said.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office said 32-year-old Chad T. Mukina and 21-year-old Felicia R. Tousey were arrested Thursday morning on multiple charges related to a case on June 29.

The sheriff’s office searched a home on the 4000 block of West Highway 14 on June 29 and seized 12 mix-breed puppies that were about 10 weeks old when deputies found them. The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin took over care of the puppies.

Rock County Capt. Jude Maurer said the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture had received a tip about animals being mistreated at the home, which prompted the search in June.

Officials did not release any other details about why the puppies were seized, or their condition. Maurer said the time between the search and seizure and the formal arrest was so law enforcement officials could collect and record information about what the 12 puppies may have suffered.

Mukina and Tousey are facing charges of felony mistreating animals, failure to provide adequate water and operating as a dog dealer without a license. They were booked and released from the Rock County Jail Thursday morning, the sheriff’s office said.

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