40 Dogs Seized From Russellville Home

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark -- Dozens of dogs have been seized from a Russellville home.

Now, the owner is in a fight with the city to get them back.

According to a police report, 40 Chihuahua and dachshund mixed dogs were living in unsafe conditions at the house, which should have never been occupied.

The owner of the dogs was recently in court and will have to wait until next month to find out if she will get her dogs back.

The dogs are now being cared for by Mike Vernon and his team at the Russellville Animal Shelter.

"They're doing great," said Vernon. "Unfortunately, two weren't able to be saved."

Police said the dogs were found inside a home near 11th and Erie, back in February, that had a post on the front door from authorities stating it was against the law for anyone to be there.

Judy Jordan, who lives nearby, said she had no idea so many dogs were inside the house.

"They were cute little dogs," said Jordan. "They would get out once and a while and they would chase my cats."

According to a police report, officers found out about the dogs after a neighbor reported his wallet being stolen by someone at the house.

The report said authorities found two people doing drugs at the home, who claimed to be watching the dogs for a friend. 

"I was glad that he turned them in," said Jordan.

Investigators said the dogs looked malnourished and the floor was covered with newspaper used for urine and feces.

"I felt sorry for the dogs," said Jordan.

The homeowner eventually showed up and was given a citation, while her dogs were handed over to the animal shelter.

Now, it will be up to a judge to decide whether she will get them back.

"If they can't take care of them, besides leaving them in a house, I don't think they should get them back," said Jordan.

"If we're granted ownership of the dogs, we'll immediately post it and put it out there that we are in the process of adopting the dogs out," said Vernon.

Authorities have not revealed why the dogs' owner needs so many dogs. The judge has set an April 19th court date for the homeowner.

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