MUNCIE, Ind. — Muncie animal control officials on Monday seized, dogs, snakes and other animals — some of them already dead — from a house that was slated for demolition.
Two dogs and a dozen snakes — all still alive — and multiple rats and guinea pigs, many of which were dead, were removed from the house at 1312 S. Jefferson St.
Ethan Browning, director of Muncie Animal Care and Services, said a call to the animal shelter on Friday afternoon had reported possible abandoned animals at the home.
Shelter officials were unable to make contact with whoever was living in the house at the time and handed it to the building commissioner’s office because of the state of the house and the fact it was listed for demolition.
By Monday, animal control officers returned with Muncie code enforcement to seize the animals and secure the property.
The house had some utilities connected, according to officials, and authorities on the scene said indications were someone had been living there with the animals. No people were in the house when authorities arrived on Monday.
Officers said the two dogs, a husky and a chihuahua mix, were in OK shape and were transported to the shelter. The house was filled with cockroaches, bedbugs, feces and rubbish, according to officials.
The shelter will house the snakes temporarily while they are evaluated.
Early Monday afternoon shelter officials carried the snakes out in totes and pillowcases so they could transport them.
Muncie’s animal control doesn’t usually see a large influx of exotic animals at any given time. Officials said that they needed to purchase nearly $300 in heating elements for the snakes.
The shelter is frequently in need of community support through donations of money and material to help with the numerous amount of dogs and cats they support.