OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have seized 21 dogs from an Ottumwa home and plan to file charges against the animals’ owner.
The Ottumwa Courier reports officers discovered the dogs crowded into the home during a follow-up investigation on Wednesday.
Animal control officer Jeff Williams says officers found large amounts of animal waste, and the house had a strong smell of ammonia.
The owner relinquished rights to all but four dogs. The rescued animals were taken to Heartland Humane Society.
Williams says the situation stemmed from “a good-hearted, good-natured person” who got overwhelmed after taking in too many animals.
The city’s inspection department posted signs on the house, prohibiting anyone from living there until it was cleaned.
Authorities say charges are pending against the dog owner.