Over 50 animals rescued from upscale home in Edwardsville


by KMOV.com staff


Posted on October 16, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 17 at 5:22 AM

Dozens of animals taken from home

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Over 50 animals were seized from an upscale home in Edwardsville after authorities received multiple complaints from neighbors.

The Metro East Humane Society says police rescued a total of 52 cats and three dogs from the home.

Police said neighbors had made up to 11 complaints about the property since 2009. City Administrator Bennet Dickmann said the city was aware of the issues and would ask to inspect the home - but the woman who lived there wouldn’t allow anyone inside.

According to authorities, the conditions of the animals varied, and at least one dog and one cat had to be put down. The Metro East Humane Society says the shelter is now full, but they do not euthanize animals unless they are extremely aggressive or ill.

“Some very emaciated kittens; we assume they were fighting for their food and loosing that fight,” said Metro East Humane Society Director Kathy Turner. “Upper respiratory illness in a lot of the animals, and others that are perfectly healthy.”

According to the State’s Attorney’s office, the home's owners have not been arrested because authorities are still investigating and have yet to issue charges.

Edwardsville police will be releasing a statement on the investigation at a later time. Charges are expected by Wednesday.