A total of 34 dogs and cats were seized from a Phoenix, Arizona, home on Wednesday by local authorities and emergency medical technicians with the Arizona Humane Society. According to a press release from the shelter, the animals were living in “horrendous conditions” at the home.
Rescuers who arrived at the home, near 7th Street and Deer Valley Road, had to don hazmat gear to enter the residence, which reeked of urine and feces, reported ABC 15 News. According to the shelter’s release, the poor conditions at the residence had taken a toll on the animals, who were said to be suffering from malnutrition, tick infestation, illness, wounds, and hair loss. Some of the dogs were in “critical condition” when they were taken from the house. All of the animals were transported to Arizona Humane Society’s Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital.
According to multiple sources, the animals housed at the residence were in the care of Wiggle Butts Rescue – the agency had been under investigation for some time after multiple reports of neglect were made by individuals who expressed concern about the conditions at the home.
According to the AHS release, the rescue group has surrendered custody of all of the animals. The situation remains under investigation by the Phoenix Police Department, which has stated that criminal charges may be forthcoming, reported AZ Family.
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