It's one of the worst cases of animal neglect ever seen in Columbia County. More than 50 animals found living in deplorable conditions were seized from a home in Ghent. Erin Vannella has more on this story.
GHENT, N.Y. -- "I don't think anyone's been there for a few weeks. You know, kinda sad," said neighbor Chris Taylor.
"You really couldn't hear them in there. I mean, we couldn't hear them until we opened the doors," said Columbia/Green County SPCA President and Investigator Ron Perez.
Then this, calls for help from 47 dogs answered after having been hoarded inside 1352 Route 9H in Ghent.
"It certainly ranks up there with some of the worst ones I've seen. The floors were covered with feces and urine. And the puppies were in there in unsanitary conditions," said Perez.
Perez said Anderson DeSouza, 49, wasn't home when they arrived, but he is their suspect and they're looking for him.
"Without the neighbors, something like this, had we not been tipped off, it would've been a lot worse in a couple days," said Perez.
In the meantime, all the dogs but one, said Perez, are making a fast recovery.
"They're dachshund mixes, Chihuahuas, terriers, small dogs. They're great dogs. Their temperaments are impeccable. They're really sweet animals that need permanent homes," said Perez.
And once cleared by the vet, they'll go up for adoption, news neighbors are happy to hear.
"Hopefully all the animals are okay over there and nothing happened to them," said Taylor.
"These guys are real treasures, so they'll make people happy if they adopt them," said Perez.
If you want to adopt or donate, visit www.cghs.org.