22 dogs seized from Andover rescue organization in investigation into dead dogs found in Cottage Grove

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Officials removed 22 dogs from an animal-rescue organization in Andover on Friday morning after executing a search warrant in connection with eight dead dogs found in Cottage Grove.

The bodies of the dogs were found along the side of a road Sunday in a rural part of Cottage Grove. They were believed to have been brought into the city for disposal after having died from an illness elsewhere, police said this week. The dogs, all of a smaller variety, were found in the tree line along Grey Cloud Island Drive near Grey Cloud Island Trail in Cottage Grove. The dogs included a Schnauzer and other similar-size white dogs, which could be a terrier breed.

After receiving a tip from the public, Cottage Grove police on Tuesday executed a search warrant on a house in Cottage Grove. A 38-year-old man at the house admitted to dumping the dogs, police said.

Around 10 a.m. Friday, the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office and the Animal Humane Society carried out a search warrant for an animal rescue located near the 15800 block of Seventh Avenue Northwest in Andover.

“The animal rescue, which is not related to the building’s former occupant, an animal training facility, is believed to be where the dogs died,” according to a press release from the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.

The cause of death for the dogs remains under investigation, the release states.

Twenty-two dogs were removed from the facility and are being cared for by the Animal Humane Society.

“At this time, no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed,” the press release states.

This incident remains under investigation by the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, Cottage Grove Police Department, and Animal Humane Society.

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