Neighbors complained about Fairfield home where cats and dogs were seized

It was impossible not to know about the dozens of animals that lived in the home, according to John Stramaglia, a veterinarian and longtime neighbor of the property. The incessant barking was coming from the house and the animals were always escaping and running through the neighborhood, he said.

Fairfield Animal Control officers investigated the property last month after a citizen found a dog roaming the area. The dog was reportedly covered in feces and urine, Fairfield Police Lt. Michael Paris said in a news release Monday.

Animal Control removed 47 pets, 25 dogs and 22 cats, found “living in poor conditions inside the home,” according to Paris. The city’s health department also deemed the property uninhabitable.

Authorities said animal control officers had previously issued violations for 31 counts of failure to vaccinate against rabies and 10 counts of failure to license the dogs on May 14, 2021. Animal Control conducted several follow-up visits to ensure the animal health and case. it was removed after the owner showed proof of vaccinations and licenses to the court, authorities said.