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Homeowner Cited For Too Many Dogs

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A homeowner gets dozens of citations after complaints and police discovered she had too many dogs.

Animal control was back on the scene of a house on Dees road just hours after citing the owner.

"A complainant advised that we needed to come out and check the area of the residence. Upon arrival, our animal control officers observed that there were numerous violations." says Commander Duane Odom with Animal Control

Police say the homeowner had 19 dogs.

They tell us there is a two animal limit per household in the city.

Police say the owner had a variety of breeds at the home.

"It would seem German Shepard was one. A couple of pit bulls." adds Commander Odom

One man says he tried to warn his neighbors about their animals.

"I was like man, you know people, they've been rough on these dogs so you got to be careful about what you're doing. It's so many of them and I said its people out here that don't really care to see you have dogs." says Eric Johnson, a neighbor of the homeowner

The owner received a total of 32 citations.

"There were numerous violations. The first violation was general standards of care of the animals, the second violation that we know of was numerous animals on the property."

The homeowner now faces some hefty fines and possible jail time.

"It is a misdemeanor, regardless of how many citations we issue, 25 dollars up to 500 dollars, and it has up to five years imprisonment." says Commander Odom

A total of three dogs were taken during animal controls second visit due to health reasons.

The rest of the animals remain on the property.

Police say zoning will be sent to the home for further review.

The matter is currently under investigation.

If you'd like to report issues with too many animals, you're asked to call 3-1-1.

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