Police were searching for the owner of a home where authorities found least 17 dogs and one cat covered in animal feces and urine on Wednesday morning, officials said.
Officials want to know where the owner of the Alhambra home is after finding the animals in crates. The woman is believed to have been hoarding the pets to open a pet rescue business, but the she had no permit, officials said.
So, armed with a battering ram, Los Angeles County Animal Control officials and the Alhambra Police Department busted into the home and took the animals away to safety.
"At night, I used to hear animals crying," said neighbor Theresa Saavedra. "Like a desperate cry."
One cat and 17 dogs were taken to an animal control facility. They will be examined by veterinarians before officials decide whether which ones they can put up for adoption.
Neighbor Jeffrey Gomez said he hadn't seen the owners of the home for a while.
The owner of the home told NBC4 that he had moved out of the home and was estranged from his wife. Authorities were trying to locate her because they said she faces serious charges.