Animals were discovered on Tuesday when Keller, Texas Police received a call about a foul odor coming from a home in the area. On investigating the call, 111 animals were seized from the home where they were existing in “completely inhumane” conditions. Temperatures in the home were climbing to the mid-90s.

Officials find 111 animals in appalling conditions

As reported by Fox News, when Keller police and animal control officers initially arrived at the home, they discovered a van filled with dogs in the driveway. According to Sandy Shelby of The Humane Society of North Texas, the van’s engine was not running at the time and the windows were almost completely rolled up.

When they looked inside the van, they saw 14 crates, filled with dogs.

On approaching the home, the homeowner’s relative would not let them enter. This led police to getting a warrant to search the home and returned around an hour later. Officials then found 84 cats and 27 dogs, all suffering from dehydration and malnutrition in appalling conditions.

Shelby said there were 84 cats in the garage in temperatures hovering around 94 degrees with no air conditioning. There were also animals spread throughout the home. She said all the water buckets in the garage were empty. Shelby added that there was no litter in the cats’ litter boxes, but that they were filled with feces.

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All animals at Humane Society

All of the dogs and cats were seized by investigators. The Humane Society is now looking after them all, giving them plenty of food and water and keeping them in an air-conditioned environment. All animals that require it are also receiving medical treatment.

Humane Society workers are glad they found the animals, as it could have been so much worse. According to Shelby, investigations are ongoing as to whether the homeowner intended to rescue the animals when they took them from various animal shelters. She said she believes people begin with really good intentions, but sometimes they just don’t know how to say no.

Police may press charges against homeowner

Now police have to decide whether to lay criminal charges against the homeowner. After police had been called to the premises over the smell emanating from the home, the next-door neighbor, Tina Harkness, explained that the odor seemed to have gotten worse over the last year or so.

She said it was the flies they really noticed, but depending on the wind direction, awful smells of cat urine and feces would waft across the neighborhood.

The animals will eventually be put up for adoption, but this may take some time as the investigation is ongoing. Once the results of the investigation are known, the Humane Society will then need to file for custody of the 111 animals. According to the Star-Telegram, the Humane Society is asking the public for help in caring for the animals. They are asking for donations of cat litter, food, and other accessories such as toys and bedding. The Humane Society is also welcoming any monetary donations the public is willing to give.