Animal control rescues 5 dogs from filthy KC home - KCTV5

Animal control rescues 5 dogs from filthy KC home

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Animal control officers answering a complaint found five dogs living in squalor and police had to get involved when the owner threatened to shoot during the rescue.

The city's code department started dealing with complaints about trash outside the house six years ago, but it wasn't until last week that anonymous tips started coming in about the dogs.

The windows of the house are blacked out, so code inspectors tasked with what was outside would not have known what it looked like inside.

Four of the dogs were Chihuahuas. On Thursday, you could see the fleas crawling on them, even after they were given treatments on Wednesday.

In a shelter full of barking, they made not a sound.

The one larger dog was tucked in the far back of its kennel.

The animal control officer who rescued them said they were well-fed and had clean water, but that the filth was unbearable.

"There wasn't a place where you could put your foot where you weren't stopping in feces or urine,” said Chris Harriman, the animal control officer. “The only places where the dogs weren't defecating is where the trash was piled so high that they couldn't climb on top of it. There were places in the house where we encountered feces up to 2 inches tall."

Animal control had to get a warrant to enter the house on Wednesday.

Neighbors had warned Harriman that the owner, who actually lives elsewhere, was armed and volatile. So, police were on hand to intervene when the man arrived and threatened to "put a hole" in the animal control officer

The house was posted as unsafe and the owner was cited for trash on the porch.

That's the only citation so far, but more could come following an investigation period -- including charges of animal cruelty.

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