A 65-year-old Lakeside woman was taken into custody after Animal Control officials found sixty dogs in her small home.
“The dogs were being kept in crates that were stacked at least two high throughout the home and officers were told that the dogs were only let of the crates once a day,” Lt DeSousa said.
Alice Via’s home in the 1100 block of Morena smelled like "urine and feces," and that while the dogs had food, they may not have had water, Lt Dan DeSousa said.
A sign outside Via’s house read Boxer Boulevard. Half of the sixty dogs were boxers, some were Chihuahuas and others were terriers.
The pads of their paws were injured from them "scraping the cages, trying to get out" and some had no hair, Lt DeSousa said. " It is horrific."
Many of the dogs have skin conditions, upper respiratory disease or other illnesses. The animals are being triaged on site by veterinary staff to determine the level of injury or illness.
After being evaluated, the animals will be transported to the three County animal shelters located in Carlsbad, Bonita, and San Diego.
“All of the animals will be treated and evaluated but will not be immediately available for adoption until the conclusion of the investigation,” Lt DeSousa said.
Via is being held at Las Colinas jail on $25,000 bond. She’s facing animal neglect charges.