Dogs found living in filth, animal cruelty charges sought against owner
Sixty-four dogs, mostly dachshunds of all ages, were removed from filthy conditions inside a Putnam County home.
Investigators said the deplorable conditions inside the house in the 6500 block of East County Road 900 North weren't fit for humans, much less pets. According to sheriff's deputies, they could smell the dog waste all the way from the road, 30 feet from the front door.
They also found some dogs in a barn behind the house, where deputies also found a broken water pipe in the barn, leaving the dogs there without water.
Investigators said they were tipped off about the conditions by a person who visited the Jackson Township home to buy a puppy.
They have not released the name of the owner of the dogs yet, until they file charges, but an animal rescue group, For Paws Sake Canine Rescue, took the dogs.
Eyewitness News visited the home to ask the owner about the conditions and if she planned to sign the animals over for good. She wouldn't tell us her name.
"So are you planning to turn the animals over," Eyewitness News Reporter Emily Longnecker asked.
"No. I don't want to, they're my babies," the woman said. "I love all my dogs and they are taken care of. I have been lax the past few weeks because I've had a virus. I couldn't hardly get up, so the house is a mess, the kennel was a mess, but they have a clean spot to live.
"That's how I make my living. And they were taken care of," she added.
Investigators disagreed. Until the case is settled, all 64 dogs are in foster homes.
The sheriff's department said they plan to file animal cruelty charges against the owner, based on the unsanitary conditions and the lack of water for the dogs.