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Animal hoarding case in Youngstown biggest in four years

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

For the seventh time in nine months, Animal Charity is dealing with a hoarding situation.

Thirty six animals were taken from a house on Youngstown's south side Wednesday night, and the organization says it is one of their biggest seizures in recent history.

Dog cages were overflowing at Animal Charity.  "When it was all said and done, we took in 25 adult dogs and nine puppies and two cats," said Mary Louk, board president for Animal Charity.  "I've got to check the numbers, but I believe this will probably be the biggest hoarding case we've had since we took in 200 about four years ago," Louk said.

The animals were taken from a home on Weston Avenue, which is located on Youngstown's south side.

Louk says conditions of the house were not very pleasant with the smell being described as pretty bad.

As for the dogs, there were several different types of breeds and sets of puppies.  The dogs will need groomed, and they're all going to need checked by a vet. Once they get the dogs processed and checked out, Louk said rescues will be called to help because they're already at capacity.

"We had 65 dogs, which is right around capacity, before this happened and in addition to this hoarding case, we also took in three other dogs today. So, yeah, we're busting at the seams," Louk said.

The dogs have been signed over and will not return to the owner, so Animal Charity says they will all be available for adoption.

Louk says they're still investigating whether or not any charges will be filed against the homeowner.

Along with those dogs, Animal Charity has another kennel of dogs up for adoption. They are located at 525 West Main Street in Canfield. You can stop in from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. everyday.

They are also always in need of dry dog food, and will gladly accept as many donations as possible.

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