A large number of animals were seized from a home on Market Drive late Tuesday afternoon.
In total, 19 cats and three dogs were taken from the home. The animals were taken to the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association and will be available for adoption starting today, according to director Chelsea Staley.
Staley said the homeowner called 911 on themselves in what started out as a domestic incident between a husband and wife. The husband called 911 because he wanted the animals out of their home, Staley said.
When police arrived, they found a filthy house filled with animals living in their own feces, according to authorities.
"There was animal waste in every room. There were plates with animal food, dog and cat food, kind of scattered throughout the house. There wasn't a lot of furniture. It wasn't in good condition," Staley said.
All of the animals have been checked by a vet-tech and have had their shots. Staley said it's amazing the animals are in such good condition considering the circumstances.
"Surprisingly, they are in great shape. The cats are beautiful. They are ragdoll mixes. They are absolutely gorgeous cats. They kind of look like Grumpy Cat. The dogs are in great shape. They are very friendly and I think they'll be very adoptable," Staley said.
According to police, no charges will be pressed against the couple, since they willingly turned over the animals to The Humane Association.
Building Commissioner Tony Harmon said the city has been in contact with the landlord about the situation. The landlord will have to clean up the home before the couple can move back in it, he said.
On Saturday, the shelter will discount its adoption fees 50 percent. Staley said the shelter is at full capacity right now.