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Chicago woman faces charges of animal cruelty for 30 chihuahuas kept in filth

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A 42-year-old North Chicago woman faces animal cruelty charges announced the North Chicago Police on Tuesday after authorities discovered 30 chihuahuas living in egregious conditions in the owner's one bedroom apartment on Victoria St. reported the

According to the North Chicago Animal Control Warden, Dana Deustch, acting on an anonymous tip late last week, found three-quarters of the dogs suffering from a variety of conditions. Deustch stated the dogs suffered from mange, eye infections, and malnutrition. The apartment also reeked of urine and feces odors. Photos released by the police show insects on the kitchen stove, feces and urine all over the apartment, and scattered dog food on the floor.

It is not known at this time if the apartment will be condemned for human habitation.

“When I knocked on the door, the dogs started barking. Dog food was scattered all over the floor. She said it just got out of hand," stated Deustch.

Once upon a time the owner only had two chihuahuas she loved very dearly, but the lack of neutering and spaying soon caused the situation to get tragically out of control. All of the dogs are related; two of the dogs are pregnant.

The owner was very cooperative and surrendered all of the dogs. Once they are healthy enough and socialized, the dogs will be available for adoption through rescue groups.

The dogs are now being cared for in a heated garage at police headquarters until they can be sent to a number of rescue organizations.

Please click here for the Facebook page of North Chicago Animal Control for a list of supplies currently needed and how you can help to donate, volunteer, or rescue one of these dogs.

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