UPDATED Friday, April 26, 2013 --- 3:36 p.m
Madison Police officials say they have located the owner of two dogs rescued from her abandoned home Tuesday, and she has transferred ownership of the dogs to the Dane County Humane Society.
Gayle Viney with the Humane Society tells NBC15 News the owner of the male pit bull and Maltese came to the shelter today to surrender ownership of her dogs.
Police found the dogs in the home Tuesday with no water and little food, and the home was reportedly filled with an overpowering odor from feces and urine. Tarps covered holes in the home's roof, and the Madison Water Utility had disconnected service to the home after the owner refused to respond to a number of notices about a required water meter upgrade.
Viney says Humane Society staff will evaluate the dogs' physical health and behavior. If they pass both tests, they'll be available for adoption at a future date.
Madison Police are not planning on filing any charges against the woman at this point, and NBC15 was waiting to hear back from Animal Control about whether it would pursue any charges of animal neglect.
A neighbor told NBC15 yesterday that the woman has been ill. Police spokesman Joel DeSpain confirms the woman is living with a relative in Evansville, Wisconsin, and that she was never officially considered a "missing person."
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2013 --- 2:28 p.m.
City employees helped rescue two dogs from a home on Madison's east side.
This month, city workers disconnected the home's water. According to a city release, the occupants had not responded to the Project H2O water meter system upgrade, which resulted in the disconnection.
Building inspectors and water utility staff visited the home multiple times and heard barking, yet could not get a hold of anyone inside.
The city asked police to check the home. Officers discovered two dogs inside, and red coils from a space heater that had been left on. They forced entry into the home due to safety concerns. The residents were not there.
Police say the inside of the home was in deplorable condition. They found a male pit bull that appeared thin, malnourished and maybe almost blind. They also found a small Maltese that was very dirty, and had matted hair. Officers say there was no water in their bowls, and there was little food.
The two dogs were taken to the Dane Co. Humane Society.
Officials still do not know where the elderly owner is. Neighbors believe she may be living with her son in Evansville.