Animal control seizes dogs, snakes from Muncie home slated for demolition

Mar 29, 2021

Two dogs, a dozen snakes and multiple rats and guinea pigs were seized from the house at 1312 S. Jefferson St., Muncie, on Monday, March 29, 2021.

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.

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