TOPEKA, Kan.—The Humane Society of the United States is assisting the Topeka Police Department in rescuing dozens of cats and dogs in an alleged severe neglect situation in Topeka, Kansas. 

Local authorities served a search and seizure warrant on a residential property at approximately 8 a.m. on Jan. 30. Dozens of dogs, including many Great Dane-type dogs, and cats were found living in filthy, hazardous conditions throughout the debris-filled residence, with no apparent access to clean water. A responder observed a black cat perched on a feces-coated kitchen countertop, drinking dirty dishwater from the sink. Veterinarians noted many of the dogs are severely underweight and that some of the animals appear to be suffering from eye, skin and upper respiratory issues, including a dog with several apparent untreated tumors in her skin. 

“Nothing can prepare you to see animals suffering in such terrible conditions,” said Midge Grinstead, Kansas state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We are grateful to the Topeka Police Department and all the agencies working together to get these animals the help they need.”

“The conditions these animals were living in ranks as one of the worst I’ve ever seen in my career,” said Topeka Police Department Captain Colleen Stuart. “I am extremely proud of our Animal Control unit, and we are grateful to have the HSUS partner in this terrible situation. The HSUS was able to provide the needed resources to allow these animals a second chance for a loving forever home.”

The Humane Society of the United States is transporting the rescued animals to a confidential, safe location where they will continue to be examined by licensed veterinarians and receive much-needed care. RedRover responders are assisting in the care of the animals at the temporary shelter.

The assistance of the Humane Society of the United States was requested by the Topeka Police Department after concerns about the welfare of animals on the property were raised. 


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