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Police, Seattle Animal Shelter Seize Dozens of Dogs, Cats and Chinchillas From U-District Home

One of the dogs rescued Wednesday

One of the dogs rescued Wednesday

Seattle police and Animal Shelter officers rescued dozens of animals from squalid conditions at a University District townhome Wednesday after receiving a tip about a possible animal breeding operation.

Last week, the Seattle Animal Shelter received information from a property manager that residents at a home in the 4500 block of 11th Avenue NE were keeping dozens of animals in unsanitary conditions.

Animal shelter staff worked with Seattle police to investigate the case, leading them to serve a warrant at the home at about 11:30 AM Wednesday.

Inside the townhome, officers found 28 dogs–including retrievers, poodles and terriers–six cats, four chinchillas, five hamsters and one guinea pig. Many of the animals were in cages, covered in their own urine and feces.  The Seattle Animal Shelter’s Humane Animal Law Enforcement Officers took custody of all of the animals.

Police and animal shelter officers are interviewing the residents at the home and will work together to review the case for possible charges.