LAWRENCE COUNTY (KDKA) — Officials say they rescued skinny and malnourished dogs living in kennels covered in feces from a home in Lawrence County.
It all started with a welfare check on the animals after neighbors kept complaining about the home along Marr Road in Mahoning Township.READ MORE: Giant Eagle To Reinstitute Mask Requirements For Employees, Will Request Customers To Wear Masks Inside Stores
On Friday, humane investigators removed eight dogs, with most of them appearing to be pure-bred Boxers.
A neighbor told KDKA the dogs stayed outside in a shed-like structure that had a small run area.
Investigators also seized five cats and one lizard.
Officers found the animals in what they’re calling “unfit living conditions.”READ MORE: PROSPR Now: Pine Richland Volunteer Parent Group Calls District's Response To Sexual Assault Allegations Into Question
“We came out to investigate and once we got on scene, we did find several animals that were very malnourished, skinny, bones were showing, living in kennels that were covered in feces,” Mahoning Township Police Department Chief Bob Sipe said.
Tonight at 5 on @KDKA: Skinny, malnourished and standing in feces. More on the seizure of more than a dozen animals from a home in Mahoning Twp, Lawrence County & why the police chief tells me charges are pending. pic.twitter.com/QsU8ppRCvI
— MEGHAN SCHILLER (@MeghanKDKA) January 3, 2020
The homeowner surrendered the animals over, and KDKA is not yet naming her because police say charges are pending.
One neighbor said she would toss the dogs leftovers and scraps because she feared they looked too skinny and were standing in feces.MORE NEWS: Police Investigating Deadly Late Night Shooting In Homewood
Officials are waiting to hear back from the veterinarian to figure out what charges are appropriate.