This report corrects an earlier version that said 20 animals were taken. The correct number is 19.
EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – The Columbiana County Humane Society said that they removed 19 animals from an East Liverpool home this week, according to a Facebook post.
Thirteen dogs and six cats were removed from a rental property on Odgen Street Tuesday. Puppies and kittens were among the animals rescued.
“I’ve been so busy that I’ve barely even gotten some snuggles with these puppies and now they’re gonna leave, so I’m a little sad about that,” said humane agent Erica Rice.
The dogs were taken to foster-based rescues in the area Wednesday and the cats are staying at the Humane Society in Columbiana County.
Four adults were living in the house where the animals were rescued. City law says they can have five animals, and they were warned over the summer after having six. A repeat call to the property led to the humane agent finding 19 animals in conditions not fit for man or animal.
“The odor was very, very overpowering. I almost went through the floor in one spot where the floor was spongy, most likely from the animals urinating and defecating,” Rice said.
The animals will be spayed and neutered. They will be available for adoption in two to three weeks. The dogs will be available through petfinder.com. The cats at the Columbiana County Humane Society.
There will be no criminal charges against the four people living at the house. The owner will bear the burden of having to repair the home.
“Now that we have the animals out, their caseworker can work with them on getting appropriate housing that doesn’t allow animals,” Rice said.