A pet-lover on 4th Street finds himself hounded
Facing $22,500 in fines, he’s offering them without charge
A retired Madera dog lover started out with three or four stray dogs in a rented house at 308 E. 4th St., and in four years ended up with more than 100, mainly white-and-brown hound, beagle and pit bull crossbred mixes.
The throng of dogs was reported Tuesday and Wednesday by neighbors and passersby who expressed concern when the crowd of dogs peered out from under tarps and through the rickety, old wooden fence surrounding part of the property.
“I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” said one. “I had to take another look ... to be sure. The dogs just kept coming and were everywhere I looked. Some of them are very skinny, so we called animal shelter volunteers,” he said.
The owner of the dogs, 72-year-old Nicanor Garcia Santiago, said Wednesday he didn’t know exactly how many dogs he had, or how they had gotten out of control so fast. Nailed up on his porch was a handmade cardboard sign that said “Free dogs here,” in Spanish...