UPDATE: 15 dogs seized from North Fort Myers home

CREATED Feb. 27, 2014

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NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - Lee County Domestic Animal Services seized 15 dachshunds Wednesday from a hoarder's home in North Fort Myers.

The conditions in the home in Suncoast Estates were deplorable, according to Animal Services officers.  Many of the dogs were covered in feces.

"It's not just unsanitary, it's unhealthy for them so we have to act in the best interest of the animals," said Animal Services Lt. Tony Backhurst.

With the exception of some skin conditions, the dogs appear to be in healthy condition.  Each one will undergo tests to make sure.

"The problem is, if you constrain them in a small space, a lot of animals will develop upper respiratory diseases and skin conditions such as fleas because parasites are pretty prevalent in these homes," said Dr. Nicole Ferguson, vet with Lee County Domestic Animal Services.

The rescued dogs will be available for adoption beginning this Saturday, March 1 at Lee County Domestic Animal Services.

"With a number like 15 from one call, it puts a considerable strain on the agency from a housing perspective so we look to the public for as much assistance as we can get with rehoming them," Backhurst said. 

An annonymous tip lead officers to the home.  Charges against the owner are pending.