Animal Care Services is housing seven additional dogs Wednesday night after officers seized them from a Northwest Side home.
Police and ACS officers served a warrant at a home on the 9200 block of Brigadoon.
The man who lives at the address is accused of being in violation of city ordinance by having eight dogs. Residents are allowed to own eight animals, but a maximum of five can be dogs.
“The dogs were living in very poor conditions. Some of them are suffering from those conditions,” said ACS Assistant Dir. Vincent Medley. “We are going to take them to our shelter at this time and get them the care they need from our veterinarian.”
Medley says the conditions inside and outside the home were insufficient for animals. He also says those conditions kept officers from finding one of the dogs.
"We turned over a lot of rubbish to discover the animal and we weren’t able to find him,” Medley said. “We believe we counted eight and ended up picking up seven.”
ACS has been working with the dog owner for a year to help him make improvements after the agency received complaints from neighbors of barking and a foul smell.
"We have not seen the type of progress we would like to see and that the animals deserve, so we decided today was the day we needed to end the situation and let a judge take a look at it to see if it is indeed animal cruelty,” Medley said.
A hearing will be held in ten days to determine whether the owner will face charges or can keep any of the dogs.