PARMA HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - Authorities with Cleveland's
are caring for 33 Shih Tzus that were seized from a Parma Heights home Thursday afternoon.
The dogs, 24 adults and nine puppies, were part of what the APL calls a "hoarding situation."
"These dogs have mats on their bodies that probably weigh a few pounds. They are tearing at their skin, they're strangulating their limbs. We have one that may have to have a paw amputated," said APL president Sharon Harvey.
The APL received a tip call about an odor coming from the Parma Heights house. The APL's Humane Investigations team discovered the dogs.
The dogs have severely matted hair and a number of other health issues that will require treatment and care.
The dogs' owner is facing charges, but authorities have not released any further information.
APL officials say the dogs will not be ready for adoption any time soon, but if you would like to help through the organization's Second Chance Program,