Griffith Indiana Police

Authorities Remove Dozens Of Cats, Dogs From Indiana Home

November 09, 2018 - 8:13 pm

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Authorities in Griffith, Ind., have removed more than 50 pets from a home that has been declared unfit for human habitation.

The homeowner is 60-year-old Deborah Gizynski, charged with misdemeanor abandonment or neglect.

Griffith police say she operated a shelter out of her home -- referred to as Bella's House Animal Rescue -- and that the 47 cats and six dogs they took out of the home were in "varying states of health" with little or no food or water.

Police say the furnace was not on, but the oven was on and the oven door was open.

The home was described as "urine-soiled" with "fecal matter in almost every room."

Authorities said the animals are being cared for by animal control and various shelters, and that those shelters need donations of food and litter.

Efforts to reach the homeowner have been unsuccessful.

For more information, call Griffith Animal Control at 219-922-1766.