March 11, 2014
Police are investigating a house where more than 20 animals were removed because of unsanitary conditions.
Waynesboro police say they received a call Tuesday morning from nearby residents complaining about a smell coming from the house.
Inside, police found about 20 cats and three dogs living in what they call horrible conditions. Police had to force their way into the house because trash and litter blocked doors.
Workers used fans to air the home out and wore masks when they entered.
"The house was impassable practically. We were walking on top of fecal matter, food cases, beer cans. It was awful in there. It was horrendous," says Officer Shannon Button.
The owner was arrested on the scene. Police say he will be charged with animal cruelty. The animals are being taken to the SPCA for examination and treatment.