House with dogs “in a hoarding situation” to be condemned, city says

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City says emergency help needed for dogs that were hoarded

LUBBOCK, Texas — The City of Lubbock seized 28 dogs from a residence Wednesday morning near the corner of East 53rd Street and King Avenue. Employees of the Lubbock Animal Shelter (LAS) were seen wearing masks and a reporter at the scene said the smell was overwhelming.

“These poor souls are in a hoarding situation and will need a place to recover,” LAS said.

A reporter from the scene said the floor was completely not visible because it was so thoroughly covered in dog feces.

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Event before taking custody of the dogs, LAS put out an urgent plea for help Tuesday night.

“LAS needs help!!!,” LAS said. “We will need emergency fosters for anywhere between 20 and 50 dogs that are going to be coming to LAS in the next 24 to 48 hours.”

LAS provided an update Wednesday morning and said police were trying to access someone in a home on Tuesday. But dogs were being protective of the property and officers called LAS for help.

LAS said the dogs are mainly small breeds, and they are in fair condition. But LAS said the dogs were living in filthy conditions. LAS said the city’s codes department will begin the process to condemn the home.

Adult Protective Services responded to take care of one resident from the home.

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LAS said more information will be provided when the dogs come into the shelter. The dogs will first get veterinary care before they are taken to the shelter.

In Lubbock, there is a four-dog limit per household under the city ordinance.

The city’s website says: “The number of animals per household is 4 dogs and 4 cats with one litter under 16 weeks of age by City Ordnance. Four of each animal is the limit. Citizens may not use different combinations like 6 dogs and 2 cats and still have 8 animals. Four of each species is the limit.”

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