OMAHA, Neb. (TCD) -- Two people were arrested for animal abuse earlier this week after 88 living and 40 deceased animals were found in poor living conditions at their home.
According to KETV-TV, on Jan. 24, the Omaha Police Department alerted the Nebraska Humane Society about animals living in squalor and neglect at a residence near North 45th and Burdette streets. Officers reportedly responded to the home to a report of domestic violence because 30-year-old Sierra Lang allegedly broke windows with a crowbar-type weapon.
Upon their arrival, KETV reports that the Nebraska Humane Society recovered the animals and said some of them were "severely neglected." At the scene, there were reportedly animal feces all over the home, and the animals were living in poor conditions.
According to KETV, an officer said the floor was entirely covered with animal urine and feces that had been embedded into the fibers of the carpet. Many of the dogs were found aggressively scratching their fur, and there was a litter of five to eight small puppies on a pile of clothes, KETV reports.
The Nebraska Humane Society reportedly served a search warrant on Jan. 25. According to WOWT-TV, the shelter found 40 of the animals dead inside, as well as some preserved in the freezer. Of all 88 living animals found, a potbelly pig was reportedly in the worst condition, and according to KETV, the pig had sunken eyes, a protruding spine and hips, muscle wasting, and overgrown hooves. The pig reportedly had to be euthanized.
Throughout the home, officers reportedly found multiple dogs of various breeds, and many of them did not have access to water or food. Some of those dogs were free-roaming, while others were caged, KETV reports. Multiple animal cages reportedly contained decomposing animal remains.
According to WOWT, 35-year-old Tremaine Thomas and Lang were arrested on Monday, Feb. 14. They reportedly face 32 misdemeanor charges, mostly for animal neglect.
According to WOWT, most of the animals taken in by the Nebraska Humane Society were cared for and are no longer with the shelter. Many of them were able to get back to a condition where they could be transferred to other shelters, adopted, or given to foster homes, WOWT reports. A few animals are reportedly still under the Nebraska Humane Society’s care.