Back in July, a local living near Lake Mathews in California felt an awful smell coming from a neighboring house, with the heat of summer only making the experience more unbearable.
The stench was reported and an investigation ensued, however nothing could prepare animal control officers for what they would find inside the home.
John Welsh, senior public information specialist with Riverside County Animal Services, said it felt like entering into a horror movie.
38 emaciated Pit Bulls were found in the filthy home, 11 of which were already dead.
Here is a video of what the officers found in the house:
Some of the dogs were so malnourished they couldn’t be walked on a leash, they had to be carried out.
We don’t know how far gone those dogs are. It was a really bad scene yesterday.
Even the seasoned officers were saying this is a bad one.
The Twitter account for Riverside County Department of Animal Services tweeted this image, writing: “Officer Will Luna provides some water to neglected dog; #breaking #cruelty investigation near La Sierra area.”
Authorities went to the home after a neighbor reported smelling a foul odor.
Welsh said that the dogs were locked inside an enclosed patio area, a kennel area and a home with the doors shut. He added that they may have been there for days or weeks.
The officer said that the dead animals evidently died from exposure or starvation, while the ones still alive were just skin and bones. He told Fox LA:
It was like Silence of the Lambs, it looked like that inside the property.
Neighbor Rita Chenoweth told the local news station:
Can you imagine with the heat wave that we are having in the next few days what it would be like for the dogs that survived.
Thank goodness they got in there and was able to save them.
According to Welsh, the dogs’ owner, identified as Carl Dixon, may have been an unlicensed breeder and could face animal cruelty charges when he’s found.
Animal Services spokesman John Welsh has said: “It was like Silence of the Lambs, it looked like that inside the property.”
Welsh says the dogs were inside an enclosed patio area, a kennel area and a home with the doors shut.
Lt. Chris Mayer with Animal Services told KABC: “A lot of dead dogs in the house. And starving-looking dogs. Dogs really emaciated. No food, no water.”
The surviving dogs, aged from 8 months to 10 years old, were rushed to the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus to receive emergency care to get them healthy and happy again.
A recent Facebook update on the status of the dogs read:
As some of you may have seen on our Twitter account and a short post earlier, we worked with Wags and Walks on Tuesday.
This wonderful rescue group organization out of Los Angeles gobbled up five of the 26 severely neglected pit bulls from the recent animal cruelty case near Lake Mathews.
We got the emaciated dogs on good diet plans and, as you may notice in these photos, fattened them up fairly well.
The poor dogs are in need of rescue now. Some are not very suitable for adoption. We are actively seeking rescue groups.
Tuesday’s visit by Wags and Walks was just the start of what we hope will be a series of positive new chapters for these dogs.
The surviving dogs, aged from 8 months to 10 years old, were rushed to the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus to receive emergency care.
A recent update on the dogs read: “We got the emaciated dogs on good diet plans and, as you may notice in these photos, fattened them up fairly well.”
And here is the latest video of the rescue dogs:
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