More than five-dozen dogs have a much cleaner home after being rescued from deplorable conditions.
The News on Six broke this story Monday night with exclusive video when police and animal control officers took over. The odor was so strong, the people going inside smeared menthol under their noses to handle it. It took 12 people in protective gear and a fleet of trucks.
Animal control officers hauled dogs out as fast as they could for more than an hour from a home at 5400 West Charles Page Boulevard.
25 of the 63 dogs are at the Tulsa SPCA. News on Six reporter Patrina Adger says the dogs are in much better conditions than they were Monday.
Tuesday they have clean cages and adequate food and water. And in a few days, they might even be ready to be placed in a new home. â€œThey're great dogs with kids. They're beautiful. They're protective dogs." And they all need a good home. As an animal cruelty investigator Sam Newton has seen many cases of animal neglect. "Some of them are pretty bad, but this is the worst I've run into." 18 adult dogs, and 7 puppies were brought to the SPCA after Tulsa Animal Control picked them up from a west Tulsa home.
The man who had the dogs was Marvin Dampf. And Sam Newton says he's been investigating this case since last spring. " I was out there couldn't' find any. He moved them up from northwest of Sperry the people he was rented from were getting them to move them. By the time I got there he had moved them someplace else."
Dampf kept the dogs inside the house, living in deplorable conditions. The dogs were found walking around in their own waste. Neighbors say the smell was unbearable. "When you walked out into the parking lot the odor would just about make you sick, that's how strong it was."
Newton says out the 25 dogs brought here the puppies are in the worst condition. They're skinny and dehydrated but are adoptable. He says they'll have to be vaccinated, and spade or neutered before that happens. The dogs were well fed but didn't get much to drink. Volunteers are feeding the pups milk to help them build their strength in hopes they'll be strong enough for their new home.
"I think we'll get them adopted out rather quickly as soon as they're available to go."