Since Saturday thirty dogs have been rescued from an uninhabitable home permeated by the smell of ammonia and feces in Soledad. The SPCA for Monterey County received a call from Soledad Animal Control on Saturday to assist in a hoarding case at a residence on Ticino Street where 11 dogs and 10 puppies were found. The homeowners were not compliant with the rescue and investigators returned to the residence on Monday with a search warrant to rescue nine additional dogs, SPCA Community Outreach Director Beth Brookhouser said.
The Shih Tzus, Chihuahuas and rat terriers were found covered in feces and urine with severely matted dog hair, long and untrimmed nails and skin problems related to flea infestations, Brookhouser said. There may be still be one unrescued dog at the home, she said. The home was only accessible by walking sideways through narrow walkways cluttered to the ceiling with furniture, trash, boxes and garbage, she said. The home’s interior was covered in feces, urine, animal hair and spider webs and hundreds of rats and mice were also seen living in the home, she said. Complete veterinary exams on the dogs will be done by Wednesday, Brookhouser said.
Humane investigators from the SPCA are expected to submit a case to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office to consider multiple counts of animal abuse, she said. The dog owners are a man and woman but it was unclear what their relationship is to one another, she said. The dogs will not be up for adoption in the next few weeks or months because they need to recover and are still considered evidence, Brookhouser said. This is the SPCA for Monterey County’s fifth large-scale rescue.
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