YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Humane agents with help from Community Police and Housing Code Enforcement officers seized nine dogs from an abandoned garage on the East Side on Tuesday afternoon.

Humane agents with Animal Charity of Ohio got a tip that several dogs were inside what authorities say may have been an old mechanical shop inside the garage, located at Oak Street and Euclid Avenue.

Agents managed to get inside at about 11:30 a.m. with help from police and housing officers to get the dogs. At least one of the dogs is about to have puppies.

Agents with Animal Charity say all of the animals needed immediate medical attention.

The goal will be to make sure they have enough milk supply to service their entire litter,” said Jane MacMurchy of Animal Charity. “Check the babies to make sure they’re not underweight, malnourished or dehydrated, and overall just check their general health and well-being.”

Agents believe the dogs’ owners had been squatting in different locations in the city and breeding the adults and then selling off the puppies to make money.

For the time being, the animals will remain in the care of Animal Charity.

Humane Agents will be investigating to determine whether owners of a group of dogs should be charged with neglecting them.