18 dead dogs found inside of house

18 dead dogs found inside of home – last owner died decades ago

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Update 3/8/17: It was initially reported that 18 dogs were found at the residence – that number has been changed to 21. There are unconfirmed reports that the dogs were all pit bulls and that they were being held inside of crates.

The stench of something dead led the authorities to a home in Hampton, Virginia, on Monday morning. According to WJLA News, inside of the otherwise vacant house were the bodies of 18 dead dogs…and one dog who was still alive.

Neighbors in the area have told news outlets that they were unaware that anyone was residing at the house and they assumed that the structure was empty; records indicate that the last homeowner died back in the mid-1980s.

13 News Now reported that someone saw a man doing yard work at the house not long ago – but everyone seems to be baffled by the gruesome discovery behind the house’s closed doors. The local animal control agency has started an investigation into the sad situation.

(Screenshot via 13 News Now)

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8 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    It’s kind of hard to believe there were 18 dogs in this house and nobody heard any barking even the next door neighbor? The house and property doesn’t look run down as if someone hasn’t lived there since the 1980′ so someone has to have been keeping the property up. There is much missing from this story. Rest in peace poor dogs, and any update on the one found alive?

  2. Mary connolly says:

    Someone must have been paying property taxes.
    But likely a chain of ppl knew the house was vacant and pretty much abandoned.

  3. Nancy Stewart says:

    Makes absolutely no sense, SOMEONE put the dogs there, why did they abandon them? Why didn’t neighbors hear them? Sounds travel farther than odors. Why did the neighbors not question people cutting the grass at the house?

  4. Kathleen Drude says:

    There is no way that the smell didn’t alert anyone! That doesn’t even make sense! There is no mention of the surviving dog! The fact that so many dogs lost their lives in such a horrid way makes no sense! Some how some body knew what was going on!

  5. Dee pruitt says:

    No one heard dogs barking ? For theses poor dogs to have starved to death they had to have been there for weeks. Very very sad. I have only been in my neighborhood a year but I know that would have not gone UN- noticed all that time. Neighbors notice…


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