Police were notified after neighbors complained about loud barking and a foul odor coming from the house.

St. Clair County Police rescued more than 50 dogs from a home in Cottrellville after a complaint call was placed. Police arrived on the scene to find more than 70 dogs living inside the home.

St. Clair County Sheriff's Department say that more than 50 dogs were rescued, and although the dogs appear to be in good health police state the dogs were covered in urine and fecal matter that was due to living in poor conditions.

54 dogs were removed from the home, but there are still more than 20 dogs that remain in the residence.

The homeowner refused to let police in the house on Wednesday and police are currently requesting a search warrant to enter the home. The homeowner stated that they moved to Michigan to breed dogs. Most of the dogs have been transferred to either an animal shelter or animal control.


Police are continuing to investigate and have not determined if the homeowner will face charges.

Source: MLive.com