UPDATE | Neighbors shocked after police rescue seven dogs from Charleston home

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 6/14/19 @ 4:45 p.m.
Seven dogs are being checked out by a veterinarian after being rescued from a Charleston home.

Multiple dogs were removed Thursday from a home in Charleston. Investigators said they appeared to be very hungry and thirsty and in need of medical attention.

After receiving tips that animals may be abandoned inside a home along York Avenue, officers served a search warrant there Thursday morning. Now, they are investigating a case of animal cruelty.

"I just thought there were two dogs in there," neighbor Ronald Thomas said.

Police officers and humane officers found seven hungry and thirsty dogs trapped inside a small home. They even found two dogs in one cage.

Thomas watched officers rescue the dogs from his front porch.

"They were kind of wild, like they hadn't seen anybody," he said. "They had a hard time putting them in the truck."

Police describe the home as being in total squalor. Thomas said neighbors went up to the house, but a horrible smell prevented them from getting too close. He said it's been years since he has seen anyone walk the dogs that lived in that home.

"It's real sad to do animals like that," Thomas said.

The building commission was notified Thursday to condemn the property, and the home will be placed on the demolition list.

"It's sad the way this is, so many houses are empty. People get in them, and they don't care," Thomas said.

Police said there are suspects in the case, but charges are still pending.



ORIGINAL STORY 6/13/19
Several dogs are getting the care and attention they need after they were discovered abandoned in a home.

After receiving tips that animals may be abandoned inside a home along York Avenue in Charleston, officers served a search warrant there Thursday morning.

Police officers and humane officers found several hungry and thirsty dogs trapped inside a small home. They even found two dogs in one cage.

Police describe the home as being in total squalor.

The building commission was notified Thursday to condemn the property, and the home will be placed on the demolition list.