New Market residence condemned, over 60 pets found inside

The Shenandoah County Fire Marshal has condemned a New Market residence after a call from a concerned citizen led to the discovery of 31 dogs and 32 cats, the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office says.

The residence is on the 9500 block of South Congress Street, and the 52-year-old woman residing there was housing the animals in cages that were inadequate, said Capt. Wes Dellinger of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office on Monday.

The animal’s conditions were so bad, Dellinger said, that a veterinarian had to euthanize 12 dogs and one cat at the scene.

Ammonia levels in the residence were at 100 parts per million, which led to the fire marshal condemning it. Authorities were on scene Thursday for about 11 hours and had to wear protective clothing and breathing apparatus to enter the residence and remove the remaining animals.

The pets were taken to the Humane Society of Shenandoah County and the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter.

Dellinger said that the owner has been cooperating with investigators so far, and her residence remains condemned. Charges against the owner are pending at this time, and the investigation is still ongoing, Dellinger said.