BRUNSWICK POLICE seized 44 dogs from a home on River Road on Friday, most small breed mixes. The dogs are being treated for ear infections, dental problems and skin issues, as well as some behavioral issues due to a lack of human interaction. BRUNSWICK POLICE DEPARTMENT PHOTO

BRUNSWICK POLICE seized 44 dogs from a home on River Road on Friday, most small breed mixes. The dogs are being treated for ear infections, dental problems and skin issues, as well as some behavioral issues due to a lack of human interaction. BRUNSWICK POLICE DEPARTMENT PHOTO

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Veterinarians are still evaluating and treating 44 dogs seized from breeders at a River Road residence last week, according to Brunswick police.

Police, accompanied by state animal welfare agents and the state veterinarian, executed a search warrant at 1024 River Road on Friday, the home of Robert and Nancy Enman. Due to conditions of the property and animals, authorities seized the dogs as well as a small parrot — a green-cheeked conure.

Brunswick police Officer Kerry Wolongevicz said all the dogs are expected to survive.

However, the dogs are being treated for ear infections, dental problems and skin issues, as well as some behavioral issues due to a lack of human interaction.

Most of the dogs are a mix of small, popular breeds that appear to include pomeranians, chihuahuas, schnauzers and beagles. The dogs ranged between six weeks and 13 years old. The puppies were being advertised for sale online for $500 each.

Wolongevicz was assigned the case in early August, having been asked to check on the welfare of a dog.

Wolongevicz said “just the odor and empty crates outside” the residence made her believe “there was more going on, and we were able to build the probable cause for a search warrant.”

It seemed most of the dogs lived indoors, and few consistently went outside. The dogs were in crates stacked three or four high, she said.

There was a flea infestation and dogs had some issues due to a lack of maintenance and exercise, such as overgrown toenails and sores from skin infections.

After the animals were removed, the town’s health officer also condemned the home and a camper on site due to unsanitary living conditions, and later described a cluttered environment with lots of urine and feces.

The following day, Aug. 11, Kyle and Diana Enman were summonsed for misdemeanor animal cruelty for failing to give the animals humanely clean conditions, proper indoor shelter, necessary medical attention and necessary sustenance.

Wolongevicz said Robert and Nancy Enman were on vacation out of state when police searched their home Aug. 10. Police are still working to locate them, she said on Tuesday.

Police said more people may be charged. Wolongevicz received some calls from people who had purchased puppies from the Enmans, and said she’d like to speak to others.

The dogs are still considered evidence, and the court will have to make a custody decision.

“Obviously our hope is we will get some sort of result from the court where we can put them in good homes,” Wolongevicz said.

The investigation is ongoing, and police ask anyone with information or who bought a dog from the Enmans to call Wolongevicz at (207) 725-5521.

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POLICE ASK ANYONE with information or who bought a dog from the Enmans to call Brunswick police Officer Kerry Wolongevicz at (207) 725-5521.

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