Michigan Humane Society and Detroit police rescued 19 dogs from a home on the city’s east side.

Officers were acting on a tip about the property Tuesday when requesting the Michigan Humane Society's help to remove as many as five animals from outside, group officials reported.

When the team learned other dogs might be inside the home, authorities executed a search warrant, said MHS spokeswoman Anna Chrisman. That’s where investigators found 14 more animals in shocking conditions.

“There was a significant lack of sanitation at the home, including a buildup of fecal matter,” Chrisman told The Detroit News. “At this point in the investigation, we believe that the owner of the home was trying to rescue these animals and found themselves overwhelmed.”

All the dogs remain in MHS' care but are doing well, Chrisman said, adding some could be available for adoption soon. “We are still working on their evaluation and assessing their medical condition. Many are thin and in need of supportive care.”

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