SHAWANO, WI (WTAQ) - More than 50 animals were found dead at a foreclosed Shawano home on Wednesday.
It’s being called one of the worst animal hording cases ever seen.
A contractor was sent out to change the locks on the property that was foreclosed on in July.
They smelled a strong foul odor, and heard a dog barking. So they made a call to the Shawano County Humane Society.
Assistant Director Shelly Hansen thought they were dealing with only a couple of dogs, but after getting inside they found a cage with dead animals, which led to even more dead animals. “This is the worst thing I have ever seen,” Hansen said.
Hansen says two dogs, five chinchillas, five birds, two lizards and a 12 foot python were rescued, however they were in bad health. The lizards have since been sent to a sanctuary in Ashwaubenon.
Police are investigating and will likely seek animal neglect charges against the home owner.
The home is owned by 39-year-old Andrew Janz. He was found roaming the streets and was likely living out of his car.