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Animal Hoarding Investigation
FORT DODGE, Iowa (KCCI-TV) Officers working another case in Fort Dodge Saturday night said they learned of a possible animal neglect case at a home on the same street.
The officers talked to the homeowner Kathleen Bond, 61, at 310 G St. and she gave them permission to enter her two homes, but officers said due to high levels of ammonia in the air, they were not able to go inside.
Bond is known around the neighborhood to take in strays.
The crime scene tape was still up Monday evening is an indication that it's still not safe to go inside due to unsanitary conditions.
A neighbor said the scene Saturday looked like a science fiction story.
They got dressed in white uniforms with respirators on them, then they two by two went in with all kinds of gear, said neighbor Joshua Carlisle.
The Fort Dodge Fire Department was called to the home to assist with the investigation and put on hazardous material suits and respirators before entering the homes located next to each other.
Firefighters reported finding nine dogs and between 27 cats in the two homes.
Police said the animals are healthy and well-fed but their living conditions inside are filthy.
The dogs were removed from the home, but the cats temporarily stayed until a shelter could be located for them.
Police said Bond will likely not face any charges, and animal control is stopping by daily to check on the cats as the city tries to find them homes or shelter space.