SENECA, Mo. — More than 20 dogs are seized from a home in Seneca, Missouri after police get multiple complaints of foul odors.
“You could just smell the feces and just never letting them out,” says neighbor Daniel Ackerson. “We couldn’t even come out of our own house at night. Once the sun would start to go down we’d have to go inside cause the smell was so bad.”
Foul odors, loud barking– these are just some of the complaints Ackerson and other neighbors have called Seneca police about in regards to an elderly couple that lives on Tripoli street.
Seneca Police Chief James Altic and his officers investigated. “We’ve had numerous cases of just nuisance violations here. But we’ve been working on this for about a year and a half, the owners of the residence have been charged a number of times for different ordinance violations.”
It was during a recent wellness check that police discovered an excessive amount of dogs and extremely unsanitary conditions.
“Due to the smell that was coming from the home, some other issues that we applied and sought and received a search warrant for the residence for the animals,” adds Altic.
Dr. Darrel Clark, who works at the Seneca Veterinarian Clinic says,”We came to this house and there’s a woman, a hoarding situation with 20 plus dogs running loose in her house. Just really bad fecal contamination and flea contamination of the dogs.
You can’t even walk more than just a few steps at a time and when you got 20 plus dogs running, tripping over y’all through the house, it’s just very unsightly, very poor situation. This is the very worst we’ve ever seen.”
Police even had to call in the Missouri Humane Society out of St. Louis for help.
Altic explains, “We don’t have the facilities nor the funding to deal with a residence with more than 20 plus dogs that have health issues so they were gracious enough to come down, bring their team, help us clean this mess up.”
“We feel like the people are probably gonna be taken from the home. It’s very unhealthy. The water doesn’t even run in all the house and although they did have working plumbing, it’s not even fit for human existence,” Dr. Clark adds.
The dogs will now be checked over by a veterinarian which will help determine what type of charges may be filed.
“I’m glad the dogs are gonna be taken care of. That’s the main thing for us,” says Ackerson.
Charges are still pending while Seneca police continue to investigate the situation.