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23 dogs taken from home, now overcrowding shelter

They're part of what the Franklin County Humane Society's calling a case of animal hoarding. Twenty-three small breed dogs an animal control officer took from a home in Frankfort Tuesday are being housed at the shelter.

"It was a very nice home from the outside in a very nice neighborhood, but the inside conditions were not good at all. It was obvious that the dogs had never been outside. All through the house there was feces," says Shelter Director Angie Stewart.

She has spayed and neutered all the dogs, and they are now up to date on their shots. Staff had to shave each one to get rid of matted hair. Stewart says the dogs aren't sick, just neglected.

"There were three puppies found that were less than a week old in a pile of trash. One of them was already deceased."

Friends of the humane shelter have already found homes for the dogs. They will all leave Saturday. Until then, the shelter will be at full capacity, and staff are crossing fingers no more dogs need help until then.

"Our shelter is very small and we always, always need adoptions, fosters, donations. These dogs are small and they were easy to place. If it could always be this easy it would be nice."

Frankfort Police say the owner voluntarily gave up the dogs. There is no law in Frankfort limiting the number of pets a homeowner can have.

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