Eau Claire (WQOW) – Nearly 30 cats and dogs were removed from a small Eau Claire home earlier this week, and now the two people responsible face possible charges of animal neglect.
On Wednesday, community service officers with the Eau Claire Police Department responded to concerns the health department had received regarding the safety of animals living at the house on 7th Street.
After making contact with the residents living inside, the responding officers removed eight dogs and 20 cats from the home and arrested the two occupants on multiple counts of mistreatment of animals, as well as ventilation, space and sanitation requirements.
A police officer said the conditions were so unsanitary even officers had to take safety precautions.
“The community service officers did have to wear masks when entering the residence. There was a large smell of ammonia due to the animal feces and some of the other hoarding situations observed at that house,” said Bridget Coit with Eau Claire police.
The 28 animals were initially transported to the Eau Claire Humane Association but Coit said several were in need of medical treatment.
No criminal charges have been filed against the couple at this point.