GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The Kent County Animal Shelter is taking care of several animals rescued from a hoarding situation.
Ten dogs, three cats and a chinchilla were confiscated last week at a home on Grand Rapids' northeast side. Animal Control was called there after receiving a report of dogs living in their own waste.
When authorities arrived at the home they found unsanitary conditions.
Police had to detain the owner while the animals were taken away. She is charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty and neglect.
The dogs -- terrier, Pomeranian, and Chihuahua mixes -- are infested with fleas and parasites.
"Some of the dogs are shy around humans and need some socialization," said shelter supervisor Carly Luttmann in a news release. "Most of these dogs seem like they will make great pets once we can get them healthy and we are able to place them up for adoption."
Anyone interested in volunteering at the shelter can call 616.632.7300.
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