Atascadero woman arrested for animal cruelty
August 19, 2016
Law enforcement officers seized 40 dogs from an Atascadero woman Thursday before arresting her on animal cruelty charges.
Suzanne Sollenne and her dogs were living in unsanitary conditions and many of the dogs needed treatment for physical ailments. There were also decomposing carcasses of at least two large dogs in a yard next to the home, according to San Luis Obispo County Animal Services.
Authorities searched Sollenne’s home in the 7400 block of Bella Vista Road after receiving credible information that she was housing dogs in unhealthy, overcrowded conditions.
Officers struggled to remove some of the dogs. One animal services worker was bitten, and officers needed to tranquilize five large dogs in order to transport them.
Most of the animals the officers seized were medium to large-size dogs. About half of the dogs needed treatment for physical or medical ailments. Several dogs had untreated bite wounds, while others had eye injuries, skin infections, dental problem and neurological issues, according to Animal Services.
Sollenne’s Facebook page contains numerous posts about rescuing dogs.
After arresting Sollenne, officers booked her into the San Luis Obispo County Jail. She is no longer in custody, according to the county sheriff’s office website.
Officials are housing the dogs at the county Animal Services shelter.