Animal control officers on Tuesday rescued 19 dogs, described as malnourished and neglected, from a Santa Ana home.

City code enforcement officers responded to a complaint about a home in the 2200 block of West 14th Street at 8:42 a.m., which is when they noticed the ailing dogs, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

“While speaking to the homeowners, they noticed 19 ill or neglected dogs of various breeds and ages that were on the property,” Bertagna said.

A mother and son live in the home, he said. The dogs were handed over to animal control officers, who took them to an Orange County shelter, Bertagna said.

Many of the dogs were suffering from a variety of maladies, including mange, scabies, malnutrition and eye infections, Bertagna said.

Investigators turned over their information to prosecutors, who will decide if charges are warranted, Bertagna said. No one has been arrested in connection with the investigation, Bertagna said.

Katie Ingram of OC Animal Care said most of the dogs have some sort of “medical issue going on.”

Many of the dogs tested positive for sarcoptic mange — or scabies, Ingram said.

“That’s concerning to us because it’s very easily transferable to another animal or people,” Ingram said.

The agency was contacting long-term shelters to help nurse the dogs back to health so they can be adopted by new families, Ingram said.

“Most of them are cute terrier or Shih Tzu mixes,” Ingram said. “Most are small breeds… They’re friendly, happy, outgoing personalities. Once they get a little treatment they’ll be very adoptable and companion dogs.”

City News Service

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