LEE COUNTY - Fla.- More than a dozen dogs need a better place to live after animal control officers rescued them from a hoarder.
15 dachshunds huddled together in a corner at the Lee County Domestic Animal Services building Thursday morning. Many of them scratching, shaking and overweight. Others had cataracts in one or both eyes.
Still, the dogs were in far better condition than they were in the day before.
"There was feces on the floor, urine on the floor," said Lt. Tony Backhurst with LCDAS. "There was a very strong ammonia smell from within the residence."
Backhurst and several other animal control officers received an anonymous tip regarding a hoarding situation. When they arrived at the home Wednesday, they found filth stacked from floor to ceiling.
"The carpet had long ceased to be a carpet. It was compressed feces," Backhurst said. "Wherever you look, there was a weiner dog."
Backhurst said the two people in the home eventually surrendered the dogs.
"It's a huge strain. To bring 15 animals in on one call is a lot," Backhurst said.
Each of the dogs were given microchips and examined by veterinarian Nicole Ferguson, who, aside from fleas and dental issues, gave a good prognosis.
"So far, heart and lungs sound good," Ferguson said. "We do have a couple with skin issues, but overall they seem to be in fairly good condition."
The dogs range in age from puppy to senior.
Some of the dogs will be available for adoption as soon as Friday.