13 dogs found inside Detroit home are now receiving medical treatment

Investigators are looking into whether dogs were hoarded, mistreated, possibly stolen

By Jay Kuhlman - Live In The D Producer

DETROIT - Thirteen dogs recused from a home in Detroit are now receiving medical care from veterinarians for various problems.

Detroit Dog Rescue went into a woman's home on Ewers Street near Michigan Avenue Tuesday night. Neighbors accused the woman of stealing neighborhood dogs and possibly hoarding them in her house.

Inside DDR found mesh and boards used to confine the dogs in the home.

"When the door was first opened I was on the lawn lining up dog cages and the smell just hits you. It's like something that you gotta be there to believe it," said Kristina Rinaldi, with Detroit Dog Rescue.

The homeowner is a woman in her 50's and has been in trouble for hoarding dogs before. A year and 1/2 ago, Detroit Dog Rescue took nearly 30 dogs, living in filthy conditions, from her home.

Many of the dogs are now being held in isolation at Metro Detroit hospitals receiving medical treatment that could save their lives.

"These dogs are half the body weight that they're supposed to be. They literally look like walking skeletons. Their heads are sunken in, their eyes are popping out, but surprisingly they're super loveable," said Rinaldi.

DDR is looking for foster homes for some of the dogs rescued. If you think you might be able to help click here.

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