EATON, Ind. – Four dogs and two cats were found living in “deplorable conditions” in Eaton Saturday night, according to Muncie Animal Care.
The shelter says it helped to remove the animals from the home that had no running water or electricity. The residence was reportedly covered in trash, urine and feces.
The shelter says three of the dogs were found to be severely underweight and emaciated, causing their bones to be visible. Officials say all six were also infested with fleas.
Two of the dogs were a mother and her puppy who were locked in a “very small crate” with little room to stand or move, according to the shelter.
The animals were taken back to the shelter, where they received medical attention, baths and food.
“They required several baths to rid them of the infestation of fleas and the odor from eating and sleeping in their own urine and feces, mold and trash,” said the shelter on Facebook.
Officials say they are “pleasantly surprised at how friendly and loving” the animals were to their staff.
“They are a little timid at first, but have warmed up significantly since being brought to the shelter.”
Eaton police say no one will be able to live in the home where the animals were pulled from until it is cleaned, has its utilities turned back on and passes a Health Department inspection.
Officers say two people are facing animal cruelty and neglect charges as a result of the incident. The suspects’ names have not yet been released.