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31 dogs and 2 cats taken from Springfield home

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When Springfield police responded to a possible hostage situation Thursday night, they ended up with quite the different scenario. Police responded to Leitch street to find 30-plus animals living in horrific conditions.

The animals have all been removed and Friday all 31 of the dogs and the two cats were taken to Thomas J. O'Connor's where the staff worked all day to start the rehabilitation process.

"It's hard to even comprehend, yet this is real and this is in our backyard," said Pam Peebles, the director of the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center. "When our officers arrived they found just a breathtaking awful situation. Just horrific living conditions."

"I'm shocked," said neighbor Elizabeth Guzman. "I always see her walking the dogs."

Animal control officers recovered 31 dogs and two cats from the home late Thursday night. Sean Murphy and Selma Trapp live in the home and police tell CBS 3 they plan to bring animal cruelty charges against the two.

"They're all flea-infested, most are lean, some are considerably underweight to the point that we'd say nearly emaciated," said Peebles. "And, there's some that just, truly, your heart breaks and they need more urgent care."

Twenty-nine of the dogs are miniature pinschers and two are Belgian Turvurens, and Peebles says it appears to be a case of breeding that got seriously out of control. But, Friday probably for the first time, these helpless animals are getting the care they're so desperately in need of.

"We're making sure they each have identification, taking their pictures, checking them all for microchips to be sure that none of these have rightful homes," said Peebles.

Peebles says all of the dogs will see the center's vet tomorrow. Now, because of the sheer number of the dogs, paired with the volume of animals already in the center, TJO's will be reaching out to their shelter partners for help take care of the dogs.

Now, the property where the animals were found has been condemned. The owners are allowed to go inside during the day to sterilize, clean up and take down all of the dog cages. But they as of now are not allowed to stay inside of the home.

And the staff at TJO's is going to continue to work with the dogs to get them ready for adoption.

If you're interested in adopting one of the dogs you can either contact the adoption center or check out their website at www.tjoconnoradoptioncenter.com

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