MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Rescue crews are working to free animals trapped inside a Mechanicsburg home described as being in deplorable condition.
According to rescuers, the animals were living in “filth” and suffered from worms, fleas, and dehydration while at the residence in the 900 block of Nixon Drive.
At least nine animals have been accounted for. Among those animals were six rabbits, four cats, and three dogs.
A notice posted on the home’s door, which was dated August 13, warns that animals were to be removed within 24 hours or charges would be filed.
A relative who was at the scene Wednesday said the family who resided in the home owes $10,000 in overdue electric bills. Two weeks ago, the home’s power was reportedly shut off, forcing the family to vacate the property and live in a motel.
The family’s five children have surrendered to Children Youth Services.
The dogs were reportedly taken care of daily with food & water, although rescuers said the conditions were not ideal.
Officers with the humane society will investigate further and likely seize the animals, according to police. Dog law prohibits charges at this time.