Twenty dogs were rescued from deplorable conditions in a two-bedroom apartment Saturday. Police say all of the dogs, 14 of which, were chihuahuas were severely neglected and have extensive health problems.
According to the rescue organization, Angels of Fur K-9 Rescue, the dogs were found with urine burns on some of their paws and have very brittle nails, which makes it very difficult to walk. Angels of Fur says it's possible some of the dogs may never have been outdoors.
"They don't even want to go outside to go to the bathroom. They emotionally hit the grass and say - what's this?" said Melissa Jones from Angels of Fur. Jones says that when the dogs were first brought out side they just laid down on the grass and were clearly uncomfortable.
Jones says the dogs' teeth are in such bad shape it's hard to tell how old some of them are.
Some dogs had bones exposed, and one pregnant dog will need to have one of her hind paws amputated.
They were all rushed to the veterinarian to receive medical care.
Right now, most of the dogs are in foster homes. Angels of Fur says they will need extensive veterinary treatment, and months of socialization help before they're ready for a forever home.
No charges have been filed.
Police say a family member of the dog's owner contacted the rescue group to say that there could be a problem. Rescuers and police were able to convince the owner to give up all twenty. Donations to help the dogs can be made through Angels of Fur K-9 Rescue, on its website or Facebook page.