Police have rescued 54 dogs and 18 cats, including one dead feline, from a hoarder whose mobile home was covered in feces and many of the animals seemed to have various medical problems.
The police raided the home of John Koepke, in Wittmann, Arizona, and found 54 dogs and 18 cats living in disgusting, squalid and cramped conditions.
A video of the raid has captured the animals clambering across the furniture, as officers from Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office make their way across the feces-laden, urine-drenched carpet to rescue the pets. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. More than 70 animals have been seized from a filthy mobile home belonging to John Koepke who had been banned from keeping pets.
2. One of the cats at the mobile home in Arizona was found nursing a litter of three young Chihuahua puppies in a box.
Amazingly, police found one of the cats nursing a litter of three Chihuahua puppies. What happened to the puppies’ mother has not yet been established.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a press statement:
At least the cat was saving some animals. I won’t say the same thing for this guy.
3. The incredible feline has taken over the role of mother for the three puppies — it is not known what happened to the dog’s biological parent.
4. Footage of the raid revealed the disgusting environment the pets were forced to live in, including excrement left on the floor.
Another cat seen in the footage seems to have a serious injury to its left eye while the body of a dead feline was also found at the home.
Many of the pets who were seized seemed to be suffering from medical issues and are currently being examined by veterinary experts.
Referring to the animals, Officer Christopher Hegstrom, spokesman for Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, told NBC News:
Their eyes are matted shut and they’re weeping.
5. Many of the animals seized seemed to be suffering with medical problems and are currently being assessed by veterinary experts.
6. Koepke had been “highly emotional” and refused to surrender his animals to the deputies on Wednesday, calling them “his children”.
Koepke was in a “highly emotional” state and refused to surrender his pets to the deputies on Wednesday, calling them “his children”.
The 71-year-old had already been subject to a ban from keeping any pets until May 2015, after an animal hoarding case against him in 2011.
Koepke will now be charged with 72 counts of failure to provide shelter and could face thousands of dollars in medical bills, once the animals have been fully assessed.
7. 72 animals are rescued from an Arizona hoarder’s mobile home.
Source: NBC News.
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