FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) Fort Dodge authorities have found a total of 50 to 60 animals inside two homes that stank of urine and feces.
Officers who responded to a nearby residence on Saturday were told about the animals. Officers then found eight dogs and between 40 and 50 cats in the two homes.
Police Chief Tim Carmody says the 61-year-old owner of the homes has cooperated with officers and has not been charged with anything.
Firefighters wore hazardous-materials suits and breathing gear to enter the homes and handle the animals.
The dogs were impounded. Webster County animal control and volunteers from Almost Home, the Humane Society of North Central Iowa, were seeking space at rescue shelters for the cats, which were temporarily left in the two homes.