85 dogs seized during house fire

SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Investigators say a man faces animal cruelty charges after they seized dozens of dogs and puppies from a house.

Animal control officers swarmed a home along Lori Lane after learning that 85 dogs were being housed there in deplorable conditions.

It happened near Old National and Highway 138.

"It complicated our efforts because we could not get inside the house to fight the fire," said Charles Stubbs with Fulton County Fire and Rescue.


Channel 2 Action News cameras were rolling as animal control crews brought out the abused and neglected dogs and puppies. 

Channel 2's Matt Johnson learned the animals, which appear to be mixed-breeds, were living in inhumane conditions. The inside of the house was filled with animal feces and urine, as well as the outside of the home and backyard. 

"It's a cruel situation these animals have been housed in," said Tim Poorman with Fulton County Animal Servicses.

Officers said they found several pregnant dogs and one dead dog on the property.

Officials say they'll spend the next few days working on placement assessments to figure out which ones can be adopted out.