Nearly 2 dozen dogs found in poor living conditions on South Side

5 dogs found dead

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SAN ANTONIO - Nearly two dozen dogs were rescued from a South Side home Friday evening.

Workers with Animal Care Services said a tip earlier in the week led them to a home on West Harding.

After numerous attempts to contact the owner, officers made the decision Friday to enter the home and investigate.

Inside, officers found 21 small Chihuahua-type dogs in poor conditions, living in their own feces. Another five were found dead.

"This hasn’t been going on overnight. Kudos to the citizen who stepped up and did the right thing. Had we been able to get here sooner, we might have been able to save the other five dogs,” said Shannon Sims, assistant director of animal services.

Investigators are trying to determine if the owner will face charges. Officers said the owner has been in jail since the start of the month on unrelated charges.

The animals are being checked by a veterinarian.

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