Five dogs were removed from a Port St. Lucie home following reports they had been abandoned.
The dogs, all pit bulls, had tried to chew their way through a wall to escape the deplorable conditions.
Port St. Lucie Police and Animal Control responded to the home, located in the 4900 block of NW Ever Road, on Nov. 26, and found the animals. On scene, officers saw three of the dogs, described as in poor condition, staring out the windows.
The discovered an additional two dogs that were very ill and extremely emaciated, according to police.
Animal Control officers donned Hazmat gear before entering the home, which was filled with trash and animal feces. Bugs covered the majority of the interior.
“Further inspection of the home revealed holes in the walls, which appeared to be caused by the dogs trying eat through the walls in an attempt to get out of the house,” police said.
St. Lucie County Fire Rescue responded to the home, too, because officers noted a smell of propane gas during the initial entry into the house.
The dogs were taken to the Veterinarian Medical Center of St. Lucie County for treatment. The animals have been treated and are now in stable condition. The dogs have been transferred to the St. Lucie County Humane Society. Based on the condition of the dogs and evidence at the scene, it is suspected that the dogs have been in the home for up to 30 days.
The Port St. Lucie Police Department did not release information regarding the ownership of the home or who the occupants were. This is an ongoing criminal investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.