So, living in MI, I've heard alot about this over the last few days. Decided to post it here. Basically a man horded about 300 chihuahuas in his house, about half dead.
Here's the article~
DEARBORN, Mich. - Police on Friday found about 150 dead dogs packed in freezers in the basement of a Michigan house littered with feces and trash where more than 110 live dogs, mostly Chihuahuas, were rescued this week.
Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said the 56-year-old man found Wednesday in the suburban Detroit home with the animals may have been living with an increasing number of dogs for up to three or four years.
"The house was in complete disarray, very cluttered and, with 100-plus dogs running around in there, very filthy," he said.
A criminal investigation was under way, Haddad said. He said the case could be forwarded to prosecutors as soon as Monday for possible animal-cruelty charges.
[Inset man's name here] lived alone in the two-story brick home for years after his parents retired to Florida, said lawyer James G. Schmier, who was acting as a spokesman for [mans last name] family. Schmier said Lang had no health insurance and a mental impairment that stemmed from rubella as a child.
"I think this is a very human story of a guy who had some very severe mental issues," Schmier said. He said he thinks Lang was doing his best to care for the dogs but, given his mental condition, "failed miserably."
Haddad said 112 live dogs had been removed from the home as of Friday afternoon, and police believe about five more may be hiding inside. He declined to release details about the breed of the dead dogs.
Lang was taken to a local hospital earlier in the week for observation, and Schmier said he was getting a psychiatric evaluation. Investigators previously said he apparently was hoarding the dogs
Schmier said he doesn't think Lang would be charged in part because of his mental state. Schmier said he doesn't believe Lang was trying to abuse the dogs but had "no idea how to get out" of the situation.
Neighbors in the past had complained of an odor at the Dearborn home, which had a neatly cut lawn and manicured bushes. But this week was the first time officials got inside, and crews needed masks to breathe.
Trash was piled from floor to ceiling in places, and feces and urine was throughout the home. Forty-two ailing and feces-covered dogs were rescued Wednesday. Crews returned Thursday and found more than 60 dogs.
About 10 more live dogs were found Friday, police said.
The smell, noticeable from the street Thursday and Friday, may have been contained previously because windows were closed and covered. Haddad said police investigated following a call from a neighbor about the odor.
"They are rather touched by the enormity of this," Haddad said of police, animal control offers and contractors working at home.
The rescued dogs were taken to the Dearborn Animal Shelter, where residents brought dog food donations and filled out pet adoption applications. The first dogs could be adopted in the coming weeks.
Sandra Boulton, a spokeswoman for the shelter, said the dogs sent to the shelter were either Chihuahuas or Chihuahua mixes. She said most had long nails, fleas and were dirty but were relatively healthy.
One local resident who dropped off four 20-pound bags of dog food said she didn't want to go inside the shelter to see the rescued dogs because she was afraid she would want to adopt one.
"It's not much. It's only four bags, but it will feed them today," said Margaret Metas, 81, of Dearborn Heights, who already has two dogs.
Also, [saw this on the news] the kids on the street could never get sleep from SO much barking, and the stench was SO BAD that you could smell it down the street. Poor lil' babies.
About 117 are alive, 150 are dead, and tomorrow they're STILL going back for more because of so many.