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Franklin County Animal Control seizes 91 dogs from one home

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill. -- Three people are in custody at the Franklin County Jail, and could face animal cruelty charges, after animal control officers found 91 dogs in a Macedonia home this week.

Some were stacked in cages, some running loose, surrounded by what officers said was an unbearable smell of feces and urine.

"The smell was still very pungent. You couldn't really approach the property," said Franklin County Animal Control supervisor Thad Snell.

He said officers responded to a call around 1 p.m. from someone complaining about a foul odor. It took officers 12 hours to remove the dogs. 

A crew with Protecting Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) drove hours from their facility in Jacksonville, Illinois to help. They're taking in more than half of the animals, which will need health care and other supplies. The no-kill shelter's founder said those costs add up quickly.

"Monetary donations are always appreciated," said owner Lisa Jackson. "Rescues have to have their animals vetted and microchipped, vaccinated and everything before they leave. And that cost usually has to be paid upfront."

Perry County's Humane Society is also stepping in to take in some animals. They're a smaller shelter, so they are only able to take in three dogs.

"I was able to retire early and this is what I love to do," said Perry County Humane Society volunteer Tammie Hoffard. "But I also want to say thank you to PAWS Jacksonville for stepping up. They are an amazing group and I can't thank them enough for being here."

Snell said they have the tools to prevent these situations from happening time and time again, "The main thing I hear in this situation is 'I'm rescuing these dogs.' I hear that all the time. This is not rescue, it's cruelty."

Officers would not give the address of the home where they found the dogs. They said they arrested three people at that home, though they have not been identified. They are in custody at the Franklin County Jail, but it's unclear whether any of them owned the home.

Several animal cruelty charges are pending.

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