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Deputies find 27 dogs abandoned in Tehama County home

Published On: Sep 19 2013 12:47:36 AM CDT   Updated On: Sep 19 2013 12:28:02 PM CDT

The Tehama County Sheriffs office rescued 27 dogs on Wednesday morning after finding them in an evicted house on San Joaquin Dr.

Investigators said it appeared that the dogs had never been out of the house and the house itself was in really bad shape.

"She stayed locked up in that house with her dogs because thats all the love she had was those dogs,” said Neitta Greenalgh, the woman’s next door neighbor.

Inside the house, the deputies found 27 dogs, all of them requiring veterinary care.

Greenalgh said she knew her neighbor had a problem and it all started after she had a stroke.

"The conditions were so horrendous the dogs were essentially living in squalor there was disease, feces stacked..." said Tehama County’s Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston.

None of the dogs had ever been outside and a lot of them are partially blind.

"They're just terrified, they've never been anywhere and this is pretty scary for them," said Christine McClintock, the animal care center manager for Tehama County’s animal shelter.

The dogs will get professional care and the shelter will do everything they can to help them lead a normal life.

"I think given some time and proper socialization one on one these dogs will have a great chance but we will do some further behavioral evaluations," said McClintock.

Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said the Tehama County Sheriff's Office was pursuing charges of animal cruelty for the owner.

According to the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office, the 52-year-old woman who owned the dogs might have fled to another state. They did not release her name due to the ongoing investigation.