(Trenton) The owner of an animal rescue in the town of Trenton is facing criminal misdemeanor charges over how she treated the animals in her care. Fostina Uelmen is charged with Failing to Provide Food and Drink to Confined Animals, Intentionally or Negligently Provide Improper Indoor Animal Shelter – Ventilation, Improper Animal Shelter, and Intentionally Provide Improper Animal Shelter Sanitation Standards.
Dodge County Sheriff’s Sergeant Joseph Nicholas and Sergeant Eric Krueger were sent to Frosty’s Fosters Animal Rescue to look into a complaint. This was after agents of the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection Division of Animal Health were there investigating a tip about the condition of the dogs.
According to the complaint, there were 29 dogs at the property on N10006 Highway 151. Uelmen reportedly had 19 of them crated in a front porch area that was not ventilated. Authorities say the odor of urine, feces, and ammonia was so overwhelming they were getting nauseated. Apparently 17 crates were not properly sized for the canines in them. An investigator allegedly said the dogs were in the kennels from 19 to 23 hours a day.
If convicted, the 32-year-old faces up to three years behind bars. An initial appearance is scheduled for August 15th.