(BLOOMINGTON) - The management of Stratum of Indiana apartment complex called police after they found dead animals in an apartment. According to Bloomington Police Sgt. Joe Crider there were five dead animals and two dogs found inside the apartment.
Crider says the apartment was leased to a 20-year-old woman who reportedly moved out and went to China.
Two deceased guinea pigs were found in a wire cage and then three dead gerbils in two other cages. Another gerbil was found alive in a fourth cage, but in bad shape. Police also found two dogs in wire cages covered in their own urine and feces. Animal control was contacted and the animals were taken for treatment.
Crider says police have requested the Monroe County Prosecutor's office to issue a warrant for the woman's arrest, charging her with seven counts of abandonment and neglect of vertebrae animals.
According to Laurie Ringquist, director of Animal Care and Control for the city of Bloomington, the dogs could be between 1 and 2 years old.
The dogs were not underweight, but were filthy.
The amount of waste on the dogs' fur initially made it difficult for the first-responders to identify the animals' breeds, but Ringquist said that they seemed to have no immediate needs other than a bath.
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