A man who lived in what appeared to be a well taken care of suburban home on the outside told a different story on the inside.
After receiving complaints from neighbors about a foul odor coming from the home officials got access and found 90 dogs, feces, and trash strewn throughout.
Neighbors in the past had complained of an odor, but this week was the first time Dearborn, Michigan officials got inside. On Wednesday and Thursday, crews wearing masks to help them breathe carried dogs from the two-story home.
“There’s trash from floor to ceiling,” said Nick Siroskey, director of residential services for the city. “There’s feces and urine throughout the entire house.”
City workers, along with Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter, removed 42 ailing and feces-covered dogs from the home Wednesday. They returned Thursday and found about 50 more dogs.
The 56-year-old man who was living in the house was taken to a local hospital for observation. His family, which lives in Florida, was involved in his care and cooperating with officials.
The man’s sister told officials that she believed he initially had two dogs in the home and that they may have reproduced, Siroskey said. Misdemeanor animal cruelty charges were possible, but Siroskey said the man appears to have mental health issues that could be a factor in the case.
Crews pulled bags full of trash from the home to clear pathways inside. The house was deemed unfit for human habitation and the city likely will seek to tear it down, Siroskey said.
The dogs are now at the animal shelter where they are being examined. Hopefully after the dogs -mostly chihuahuas- receive proper medical care they will be put up for adoption and have a chance at a good life.