ACS halts animal seizure due to 'really bad' ammonia levels; waiting on SAFD

Animal Care Services was attempting to seize a large number of animals from a southwest-side home Wednesday when they had to abruptly stop due to an overwhelming amount of animal waste in the home.

ACS was in the process of removing between 30 and 50 animals from the home in the 8500 block of Big Creek when they decided to wait for backup. "Ammonia levels are so bad we are having to pull out and wait for the fire department," said Lisa Norwood, Animal Care Services.

A number of different animals were found inside of the home including dogs, cats, chickens, a rooster and a parrot, said Norwood.

Norwood said ACS had been attempting to work with the homeowner for weeks after discovering the animals in unsanitary conditions. "The home is uninhabitable," said Norwood. "It's full of urine and feces."

About half of the animals were removed by 12:30 when ACS had to stop and wait for firefighters. Norwood said she was expecting authorities to be at the house for another couple hours.



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