SAVANNAH, GA (May 14, 2015): Wednesday, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Animal Control Division with support of West Chatham Precinct patrol officers and detectives, recovered more than 30 animals from a Ben Butler Road residence after reports of animal hoarding.

Metro first responded to the residence early Wednesday morning. Immediately, four cats requiring veterinary care were seized from and near the property for animal cruelty and neglect.

Contact was made with two adults residing in the residence. They refused Metro’s request to investigate the welfare of other animals throughout the property.

A search warrant was obtained after Metro observed multiple animals with signs of respiratory distress through the windows of the residence. A strong odor also was encountered.

Wednesday afternoon, during the warrant service, Metro removed 28 additional animals found inside the residence. Among them were seven dogs believed to be Chihuahuas, 19 cats of various ages and breeds, one grey squirrel and one African spur thigh tortoise.

All of the animals appeared distressed from the living conditions. They are now under veterinary care.

This investigation is ongoing and charges are pending against the owners of the animals.