ALIQUIPPA, Pa. - Channel 11 News was there Wednesday as humane agents removed dozens of animals from a home in Aliquippa.
Investigators told Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz that they removed dogs, cats and a bird from the home on Grand Avenue -- calling it too dangerous for animals or people.
“You can imagine with 40 dogs inside that were never let outside, things were everywhere,” Aliquippa fire Chief Dave Foringer said.
The Humane Society and other rescue grounds took the animals, and authorities said the home will be condemned.
Officials are working with the homeowner to find her somewhere to stay.
Neighbors were in shock as they told Marcinkiewicz they didn’t know the woman had dogs inside the home.
“I didn’t know. This is a shame,” Beth DiPitress said.
Authorities said they may have never known, as well, but on Sunday night the homeowner called 911. She said her home was on fire.
First responders found no fire, but said they noticed the abundance of animals.
Investigators said they believe the homeowner had been collecting dogs for years.