Dozens of Animals Living in Filth

May 18, 2011 Updated May 18, 2011 at 7:30 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

May 18, 2011 Updated May 18, 2011 at 7:30 PM EDT

(Jamestown, N.Y.) Who abandoned 31 dogs and 2 cats and left them to fend for themselves in a closed apartment?

That is the question Jamestown Police are working on.

Friday, police were called to the upper apartment at 112 Prospect Street in Jamestown, to investigate a complaint that 3 dogs were inside the vacant apartment.

What police found was shocking.

Thirty-three animals living in conditions so deplorable that rescuers had to wear respirators and hazmat suits to get them out.

The Jamestown Animal Control Officer said piles of feces were "so deep" that authorities were forced to cut through doors that were jammed shut with "concrete" blocks of hardened fecal waste.

The animals are now in the care of the Chautauqua County Humane Society.

Officials are hoping the community will help donate supplies to help care for the traumatized animals.

Information about the rescued pets, and items needed for them, is posted on the Chautauqua County Humane Society's Facebook page and website: