GLENCOE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities wearing hazmat suits have removed nearly 40 dogs covered in feces and matted fur from a home in the Chicago suburb of Glencoe.
The dogs were taken to be cared for at animal hospitals and an adoption center. The Chicago Tribune reports that five of the animals had to be euthanized because they were too sick or aggressive.
Glencoe Animal Hospital owner Sara Grogman told the newspaper Saturday that most of the other dogs had to be anesthetized before cleaning, which took around two hours for each dog.
WBBM Radio reports that the animals were discovered when police were called to the home by someone doing a well-being check.
Neighbors told the Tribune a woman in her 60s lived in the house for many years.