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Central Wisconsin pet owner left 9 dogs outside during bitter cold

HAMBURG, WI (WTAQ) - The owner of nine dogs near Wausau may soon face criminal charges, for allegedly leaving the pets outside during this week's bitter cold wave.  

The Marathon County Humane Society was called in after it was learned that the dogs' water was frozen. The animals were found to be tethered outside at a property in Hamburg, when it was 15-below with a wind chill of minus-40.  

Shelter director Mary Kirlin says there are minor issues with the pets, caused by their lack of ability to maintain themselves in the extreme cold.

A veterinarian's report is pending. Sheriff's officials say they'll recommend animal cruelty charges, but they still need to gather evidence before asking the district attorney's office to pursue the case in court. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)