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Case ID: 9854
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: cat, dog (non pit-bull)
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Wednesday, Oct 6, 1999

County: Milwaukee

Disposition: Alleged

» Joseph J. Capol
» Marion M. Capol

Joseph J. Capol, 52, and Marion M. Capol, 52, have been charged with 12 criminal counts after authorities found 11 dogs and 5 cats in a filthy house that had been boarded up. The home on W. National Avenue was owned by them. They have both been cited in the past for violating animal codes.

The charge is one felony count of mistreating animals, five misdemeanor counts of mistreating animals and six misdemeanor counts of failing to provide food or drink to confined animals.

If they are found guilty, they could receive prison terms totaling 101/4 years and fines adding up to $120,000.

The animals were found on Oct 6 located in a house on the 1000 block of W. National Avenue. Neighbors suspected a dog had been abandoned in the boarded up building and notified police.

The police notified animal control officers after entering the building and seeing six to eight dogs.

There were ten dogs captured on the first floor by officers using lassos. There was an additional German shepherd locked away in an out of the way room in the basement which was filled with feces.

The German shepherd had only a bowl of dirty water. The authorities couldn't find any water or food on the first floor which was also littered with urine and feces.

One of the neighbors said Marion Capol "steals dogs from people's yard and from the street and puts them in the house on National."

Investigators found the couple in a Franklin hotel. Marion Capol "pleaded to have the dogs released to her because .... she wanted her dogs back."


  • Milwauke Journal Sentinel - Nov 10, 1999

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