Over 75 animals discovered in Jefferson Co. animal cruelty bust

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - On Saturday the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office reported to a house at The Lakeside Village community on the east side of Perry lake on Lookout Trail.

Deputies found over 75 animals in that home while investigating it as an animal cruelty case.

Jefferson County law enforcement and volunteers spent several hours carrying out cages from the house containing animals both alive and dead.

Kip Elliot with the Jefferson County Humane Society says it was a scene unlike anything he's witnessed before.

"Rabbits, birds, a dog, cats, several animals in cages that are dead. These cages have six inches of feces in them. No clean water, no food."

Law enforcement began investigating the residence after they received a call from a neighbor telling them that they believed there were over 100 animals being neglected in the household.

Elliot says the homeowner has been contacted but has not yet been located.

The Jefferson County Humane Society said that all of the animals rescued from the residence will have food and a safe place to stay the night they were recovered.