APL seizes dogs, turkeys and pig from Cleveland home

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CLEVELAND-- Members of the Cleveland Animal Protective League seized animals from a house on the city's west side Wednesday afternoon.

A tipster called the APL about a large number of animals at a home near West 38th Street and Bailey Avenue. When they arrived, they found at least 200 animals living in poor conditions in the backyard.

"We've never seen anything like this," said Cleveland APL CEO Sharon Harvey.

Officers removed dogs, chickens, pigeons, turkeys and a pig. They also seized cats, rabbits and a goat. All of them were outside. Witnesses described the house as a make-shift farm.

Harvey said the animals were not used for cockfighting, rather "urban farming gone wrong."

No one was arrested.

The Cleveland APL is extremely taxed right now because it just took in 38 cats from a hoarding case last week. The shelter is not equipped to handle this many farm animals, Harvey said.

The animal protective league is reaching out to sanctuaries and agriculture groups for help.

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