More than a dozen dogs rescued from their homes on the south side of Indy
INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Animal Care Services removed more than a dozen dogs from a home on the city’s south side after neighbors began questioning a foul odor that seemed to be wafting through the air outside the residence.
IACS confirmed the dogs were removed from the home in the 3100 block of W. Epler Avenue on Wednesday afternoon and taken to a shelter to be placed on hold. The length of the wait, IACS said, will be determined by the circumstances of the investigation.
While the IACS confirmed that “about 13 dogs” had been removed from the house, neighbors on site testified that an even larger number of dogs lived in the house which was once a church.
“I’ve personally seen 36 dogs… 36 dogs come out of the house so far,” said neighbor John David Peterson, who lives near the house in question at the intersection of Epler Avenue and St. Concord.
John said before Wednesday he had no idea the people living in the Epler home even owned dogs. Neither did David Peterson, who also lives opposite the old church. Both David and John had smelled the strong odor but had never seen any dogs come out of the house to play or even to go to the bathroom.
“It’s so sad and frustrating because animals are the heart and soul of humans and we need to treat them better,” David said, expressing his frustration and heartbreak that animals never even saw the light. of the day.
John said his wife saw an animal rescuer arrive at Epler’s home on Tuesday to investigate reports of a strong odor emanating from the house. The occupants of the house did not let the worker in, according to John.
Before IACS arrived at the scene on Wednesday, John claimed to have seen a woman who lived in the Epler home “remove” 24 of the dogs and leave before animal services arrived.
“People like that don’t need to have animals,” John said. “They don’t deserve to have pets. Animals did nothing wrong…animals love you unconditionally no matter what.
Indianapolis police said they are looking into the matter and did not provide further details at this time. We contacted IACS to try to find out more about the animals’ conditions.
Kennels continue to fill up at the animal shelter and the IAC reminds residents that adoptions are currently free.
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