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Animal control officers removed 55 dogs from an overcrowded Calvert County home, and charges against the resident are pending, authorities said.
The dogs were removed from 1205 Lake Ridge Drive in Sunderland, Md., Friday morning after authorities used a search warrant to enter the home.
The resident of the home had been working in connection with a rescue group and the situation apparently got out of hand, said Animal Control Officer Craig Dichter.
Crews had to monitor air quality and provide hazardous material protective equipment due to conditions inside the home, said the Calvert County Sheriff's Office. The animals had been housed in a confined space
The dogs -- which are of various breeds, including hound mixes -- were taken due to the poor living conditions and transferred to the Tri-County Animal Shelter, authorities said. Some were taken for medical evaluations at the consent of the resident, who signed over custody of all the dogs.
Many of the dogs were released to other rescue groups Friday, Dichter said. As of Monday, the shelter was working with additional rescue groups to find placements for those remaining.
"Animal Control is the voice for the animal that cannot be heard," said Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans. "We will investigate this case fully and do what is best for these animals."