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Neighbor Responds to Shocking SPCA Discovery
WEST PRICE HILL, Ohio (Jeff Hirsh) -- Nearly 60 dogs taken from a home in West Price Hill are now at the animal shelter being examined by a veterinarian.
Many of the dogs were found in tiny, filthy cages. Police found them by accident when they went to the home on Gilsey Avenue for a drug investigation. But how did the dogs go unnoticed by neighbors?
You figure somebody would have heard something because of the large amount of animals found on the property. A noise complaint or a smell complaint; either would have seemed possible. But it was a drug investigation that originally brought police to the house.
Some of the animals found were in such bad shape it was impossible to tell the breed. There were kept in what seemed like doggy cell blocks. Most of the canines appeared to be small lap dogs. A dozen rabbits were also found.
Lt. Chris Ruehmer of the Cincinnati Police said, "They're primarily in the basement and in the garage back there. But that garage is from floor to ceiling, almost like chicken coops, from floor to ceiling. Three, four, five rows high and just a deep filling the entire garage. The air in there is actually putrid."
Despite the noise when the shed door was open it was pretty quiet, at least to the neighbors, when the shed door was closed.
One neighbor, Tina Barnett, had no idea what was going on just a couple of doors down.
"No, I did not. I mean I've seen dogs there but I've never seen a whole bunch of them. I've heard dogs but I never thought it was like a bunch of dogs."
The resident of the house was taken away by police car. The dogs were taken away too in an SPCA van. The futures of the dogs and the person taken away by the cops are both uncertain right now.
At this point no names have been released and no charges have been filed.