14 neglected animals rescued from North Side home

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PITTSBURGH - More than a dozen animals that had been abandoned for weeks in a North Side home were rescued by a local humane society.

One dog and 13 cats were found inside the home on Wadlow Street and taken into the care of the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society.

Veterinarians at the humane society said they were contacted in April about the animals, which appeared to have been neglected for months, if not years.

The dog could barely walk and couldn’t wag its tail due to weight of excess fur when it was taken in by the humane society. After being groomed, the dog was six pounds lighter.

Some of the cats are missing limbs, the humane society said.

“We're not sure if those were birth defects or injuries. They are also very frightened,” said Gretchen Fieser of the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society.

The Humane Society is looking to find out who left the animals in the home, and whether charges should be filed.