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witamy great danes kathy williams, melissa harrel claimed to be selling champion healthy great dane, horrific conditions, puppy mill, animal hoarding
1st of Apr, 2011 by User181489
AS I HAVE BEEN TALKING WITH THESE 2 WOMEN FOR THE PAST 3 WEEKS ABOUT BUYING A CHAMPION 3 YEAR OLD GREAT DANE, I WAS FINALLY READY TO DRIVE THE 3 HOURS TO GO AND MEET THE DANE. I WAS PREPARING TO MEET A LOT OF THE DOGS BECAUSE I WAS TOLD THEY WERE RESPECTABLE BREEDERS AND BY THE LOOKS OF THEIR WEBSITE YOU WOULD THINK THE SAME. WE SHOWED UP AT THE HOUSE AND INSTANTLY WE WERE HORRIFIED. BEFORE WE EVEN GOT INTO THE HOUSE, WHICH BY THE WAY SHOULD BE CONDEMNED. TO OUR AMAZEMENT SURROUNDING THE HOUSE WAS A 3 FOOT KENNEL, MORE LIKE A FENCE WITH NO TOP ON IT WITH ABOUT 40+ ADULT DANES, YOUNG DANES AND BABY DANES, GETTING RAINED ON, WALKING AROUND IN THEIR OWN FECES, GROWLING, BARKING AND SO UPSET FROM THE CONDITIONS, WE WERE SCARED AND I WAS WITH 3 GROWN MEN. IT IS WISCONSIN AND IT IS NOT THE TIME OF THE YEAR TO HAVE ANY DOG OUTSIDE, LET ALONE 40+. THERE WAS NO FOOD OR WATER DISHES TO BE FOUND. DEBRIS WAS EVERYWHERE. THIS WAS ONLY THE OUTSIDE. AS WE WALKED INTO THE HOUSE, THE WALLS HAD HOLES IN THEM, YOU COULD SMELL THE AMMONIA AND FECES BEFORE WE EVEN WALKED INTO THE HOUSE. THERE WAS SMALL DOG KENNELS AT EVERY CORNER OR FREE SPACE IN THE HOUSE WITH GREAT DANES INSIDE OF THEM. SMALL DOG KENNELS, SCHNAUZER SIZE KENNELS WITH ADULT DANES INSIDE OF THEM. I AM GUESSING THERE WAS 20+ DOGS INSIDE OF THE HOUSE, 10+CATS AND SMALL DOGS AS WELL. NOT ANYWHERE IS THE HOSUE DID WE SEE A WATER DISH OR A FOOD DISH. THERE WAS NO WHERE TO SIT IN THIS HOUSE, THIS HOUSE THAT ALSO HAD CHILDREN IN IT. NOT TO MENTION THE DOGS WERE SKINNY, NOT BATHED IN MONTHS, HAD PATCHES OF HAIR MISSING OFF OF THEM, HAD TUMORS ON THEM OR GROWTHS, SCARS, EYE CONDITIONS, THE LIST GOES ON. ONE PUP WAS LEFT ON THE PORCH SO LONG IN THE RAIN HE CAME IN AND WAS SOAKING WET. AS WE WERE THERE TALKING WITH THE WOMEN, THERE WAS ANOTHER DOG GIVING BIRTH AND WHEN WE WERE THERE SHE WAS DELIVERING NUMBER 9. YOU WOULD NOT KNOW ANY DOG WAS GIVING BIRTH FOR THE WOMEN NEVER GOT OFF THEIR CHAIRS TO EVEN CHECK ON THE MOTHER TO SEE HOW SHE WAS OR EVEN TRY TO CONTROL THE BANSHEE DANES RUNNING AROUND THE HOUSE. THERE WAS ALSO A BASEMENT WE DID NOT GET TO SEE, I CAN NOT IMAGINE WHAT WENT ON DOWN THERE. HOW WE FELT WHEN WE LEFT THERE I CAN NOT EVEN DESCRIBE, I LEFT IN TEARS, NOT ONLY FOR THE FACT THAT WE DROVE ALL THAT WAY THINKING WE WERE BRINGING HOME THE PERFECT DANE TO ADD TO THE FAMILY, BUT FOR ALL OF THE ANIMALS THAT WERE LIVING IN THE HORRIFIC CONDITIONS THAT THEY WERE. I WAS PROMISED A CHAMPION SHOW DOG, THAT WAS PERFECT, THE ONLY THING PERFECT THING ABOUT THIS DOG WAS THAT HE WAS IN PERFECT CONDITION TO BE RESCUED. WE CALLED THE LOCAL POLICE AND THEY ALREADY KNEW WHO WE WERE TALKING ABOUT. REPORTS HAVE BEEN MADE, NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE. NOT ONLY DID WE SPEND 7 HOURS IN THE CAR, WE SPENT OVER $200 IN GAS, $100 IN PET SUPPLIES TO BRING THE DANE HOME. ALL WE HAD TO BRING HOME WAS A HEART BROKEN SON, AN IMAGE THAT WILL TRAUMATIZE ALL OF US WHO WITNESSED THIS, AND HOPELESSNESS BECAUSE THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES SEEMED NOT TO CARE. TO SAY WE GOT RIPPED OFF IS BEING GENEROUS.
Comments
4025 days ago by 4thedogs
The original posted complaint is, unfortunately, not only accurate, but common regarding this breeder. Google "Witamy Danes" and see the litany of complaints posted on various sites by numerous victims. Then, look up Kathy J. Williams DOB 11-1956 in State of WI CCAP. Also, check with the sheriff department's animal control officers in Green, Rock and Dane Counties in WI and inquire about their issues with her "breeding operation." Contact any of her previous landlords (names and numbers can be obtained from court judgement and eviction records on WI CCAP) to discuss conditions in which dogs were maintained. Finally, drive past Witamy Great Danes current address in Brodhead, WI (also available via court records). There is no question this is a disreputable breeder.
4008 days ago by Anonymous
Read the local paper today, the dogs have finally been removed. The Humane Society in Green county needs assistance to help feed the rescued dogs. www.themonroetimes.com
4006 days ago by K0LVR
User181489 is RIGHT ON TARGET! The small fenced in area is the ONLY place the dogs have to "run". The fences are also torn or tearing in some areas. They only pee, poop and walk around in their own feces. If you drive by, look @ the size and probable age of the dogs that have cropped ears--much older than they should be to have ears freshly cropped. Why crop ears anyway? It is no longer a requirement of the AKC and is thought, rightfully so, to be inhumane.
I do hope User 181489 reported her complaints to the local law enforcement.

And finally, in response to 4thedogs, PLEASE, PLEASE, send donations to the Green County Humane Society, they, like so many shelters are struggling. It is a no kill shelter too!

Green County Humane Society
PO Box 54
Monroe, WI 53566

Donations are tax deductible, you can specify the donation to go to the animals/Great Danes seized by the Green County Sheriff. The poor dogs deserve to be fed, exercised and not have to walk in their own feces.
4004 days ago by Danecrazy
Not surprised when I heard this story. For melissa harrel, this is her 2nd incident of having dogs taken from her. When she resided in Will County, IL her home was condemned and 18 Danes taken. Unfortunately, they were given back. Hopefully, this will be the last time she's allowed to have a dog.
3948 days ago by Dogandcatlover
Unfortunately Melissa gets some of her dogs back when she proves she no longer lives on the premises.

I too have a Kathy Williams Great Dane that I resuced (offered Free for the Taking in the State Journal). She told me he had been previously owned and returned - he had a severe case of HOD that was never treated, no muscle tone in his back end from being in a kennel too small to stand up in and used the carpet as a potty. He had "woman trust issues" when I brought him home (never with me though) and after 4 years of love and food he is truly a Great Dane. He will never run like the others, but he does not know the difference.

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