Animal Control and the Capital Area Humane Society rescued 40 dogs on Sunday from an egregious animal hoarding situation located at the 2900 block of Cleveland Ave. in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday reports wbns channel10.
Complaints from neighbors led authorities into executing a search warrant. Kerry Manion, chief agent of the Capital Area Humane Society was at the home and stated:
"The dogs seemed to have the run of the house. There was just filth and grime throughout the house."
Neighbors had complained of the constant barking and the stench. Authorities discovered the dogs living in deplorable conditions. Most were chihuahuas and Pomeranian mixes. The dogs had not been spayed or neutered, and as they had puppies, the conditions at the house just grew worse. Even though the residents in the area had been complaining, no one had any idea that 40 dogs lived in the house.
Earnest Preece is believed to be living in the home, and is the owner of the dogs. He was asked to leave the home as authorities removed the dogs. The ammonia smell from dog urine was overwhelming, and it is suspected the home may be declared unsafe for human habitation.
No charges have been pressed against Preece as of this time.
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The dogs will all be examined by a veterinarian.