FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - Fulton County Animal Services says the number of dogs found in a Fulton County home over the weekend has risen from roughly 80 to 91.
"We originally thought we had 53 dogs, but then that turned into about 80 and now it's at 91," LifeLine Animal Project Public Relations Director Karen Hirsch said.
Sunday firefighters responded to the home on Lori Lane and discovered much more than a fire.
"There were about 15 to 20 dogs outside in the backyard, but when I opened the front door all I could see was dogs," Fulton County Animal Services' Tim Poorman said.
Poorman told FOX 5 News, the discovery is one of the worst cases of animal hoarding they've ever seen.
"It's one of the top five worst ones we've seen," Poorman said. "The house was covered with feces and urine. All of these dogs were living on the 2000 square foot property."
The homeowner who has not yet been identified is facing misdemeanor animal cruelty charges.
"They are misdemeanor charges because we couldn't find any malice," Poorman said. "But in my experience, that means he will likely have to pay a hefty fine and probably won't be able to own any animals for as long as the judge sees fit."
The dogs are now in the care of Fulton County Animal Services.
"We had close to 300 dogs before this and now we've got well over," Hirsch said. "We are busting at the seams."
The animals are receiving medical treatment and behavioral assessments before they will be available for adoption.
"The public can help by coming and adopting the dogs we had here previously," Poorman said.
"We need any help we can get," Hirsch said.
HOW TO HELP:
Fulton County Animal Services provided a link to items they need for the 91 dogs: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/551VL75LEMHB/ref=cm_go_nav_hz
Here is the list of the Fulton County shelter's needs: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/4I8M87T0S9AH/ref=cm_wl_search_bin_24_1.