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Dogs rescued in Arlington

Investigation is ongoing

ARLINGTON — The investigation continues into the rescue of approximately 20 dogs and seven horses on Friday from a rural Arlington property.

On Monday, Bureau County Animal Control Officer Scott Robbins confirmed the animal rescue did take place, but since the investigation is ongoing, no further details will be released at this time.

Also on Monday, Illinois Valley Animal Rescue (IVAR) Chris Ellberg said she is the one who contacted the Bureau County Animal Control Officer after she received a phone call on Feb. 11 by the person who had been caring for the animals, since the animals’ owner was no longer able to care for them.

Ellberg said she, Robbins, a Bureau County Sheriff’s deputy, attorney Julie Ajster and IVAR Assistant Director Trina Funsfinn did visit the property. The animals were removed by Bureau County Animal Control on Friday, she said.

IVAR’s ultimate goal is to get the dogs to the IVAR facility in Peru, to provide for them and get them whatever medical care they need to get them ready for adoption, Ellberg said. She does have an appointment to talk with the Bureau County State’s Attorney office about IVAR’s offer to care for the dogs and also to assist at some point with the horses, which would relieve Bureau County taxpayers of that expense, she said.

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