64 dogs, 8 birds rescued from Tippecanoe Co. home now in need of care

More than 60 dogs and eight birds were rescued from a Tippecanoe County home and the animals are now safe but are in need of treatment and foster care. (WLFI Photo)
More than 60 dogs and eight birds were rescued from a Tippecanoe County home and the animals are now safe but are in need of treatment and foster care. (WLFI Photo)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Sixty-four dogs and eight birds were removed from a Tippecanoe County home Thursday night. Kennel volunteers are still working to cleanup and treat animals, after they were found in a home with deplorable conditions.

News 18’s Alexis Moberger reports the dogs are now safe at a local kennel, but some are suffering from blindness, tumors and missing limbs.

All of the dogs are being assessed by a veterinarian Friday. A Crystal Creek Kennel volunteer tells News 18 most of the dogs are in bad condition. One dog is missing a leg after a blanket was so tightly wrapped around his leg, it cut off circulation.

“The look on their face, it’s heartbreaking,” said Sharon Dull, Crystal Creek Kennel volunteer.

It was a night that weighs heavy on Dull’s heart.

“They didn’t deserve any of this,” she said.

Van load, after van load and crate by crate, Crystal Creek Kennel volunteers unloaded a number of scared, sickly dogs.

“And you just want to help them as quickly and as best we can,” said Dull.

Animal control officers were called to a Tippecanoe County home Thursday afternoon, after a tip led them to an unthinkable situation.

“Right now, we’re trying to place the birds … eight parrots on site,” said Seth Kirkendall, with Tippecanoe County Animal Control.

How many dogs? asked News 18.

“Grand total of 64 dogs,” Kirkendall said.

A total of 64 dogs, loaded with fleas, missing hair and dark, unclipped toenails.

“Some of the dogs are missing legs, some are blind,” said Dull.

Officer Kirkendall said it took most of Thursday night to work cleanup.

“It was very deplorable,” Kirkendall said about the conditions where the animals were found living.

Dull said, “We had to wait to get permission to enter the premises because the air quality.”

Kirkendall added, “Urine smell as far as that goes. As far as the conditions, that many dogs in a small house — you can pretty much assess.”

Officers said the owner has been cooperative and has yet to face any charges.

“He worked with us well,” Kirkendall said. “He even relinquished the animals and signed them over to the county.”

Kirkendall said a situation like this can be avoided.

“If I could request anything, it’s just think about the animals more than you think about your self-esteem or what is going to happen if you call somebody,” he said.

The kennel is only temporary and these faces are in search of new, loving homes.

News 18 reached out to the dogs’ owner, but he refused to speak with us.

If you’re interested in adopting or becoming a foster parent, PawSwap of Greater Lafayette is handling the application process.