Indianapolis Animal Care and Control officers confiscated more than 50 dogs from a south side home as part of possible puppy mill and hoarding investigation.
Officers served the warrant Wednesday afternoon at John Aikman's home on Dawson Street.
"It's unsatisfactory conditions," said IACC Deputy Chief Marcus Brown. "You can hear them inside (the house) barking and yapping, and I think the urine smell is becoming a nuisance."
In addition to the dozens of dogs and puppies pulled from the home, officers said additional evidence included a website
where Aikman advertises "quality toy breed puppies, RTV6s Kara Kenney reported.
Officers said they confiscated some of Aikman's animals a few weeks ago, but once they were returned, people started calling in to complain.
"Inside the house there's no kennels for the animals, and there's an abandoned vehicle back in the back," Brown said. "There are all kinds of things the animals could get hurt on."
The dogs' owner denied running a puppy mill and told RTV6 he was not mistreating the animals.
"The conditions are excellent for the animals," Aikman said. "They were being delivered to friends and family and cousins and their friends."
Aikman blamed IACCs previous confiscation for the health of the dogs.
"Since I got them back, they've acquired kennel cough from being held by animal control, he said.
Officers cited Aikman for improper care and treatment of animals. A judge will decide whether he can get the dogs back, or legally own animals in the county again.
Meanwhile, a veterinarian is checking out the dogs and puppies, and they will soon head to a foster family.
IACC told RTV6 breeding makes the city's animal overpopulation problem even worse.
"This leads to the problem we have of excessive animals out there that are not being spayed or neutered, Brown said. "If people continue to breed these animals, unfortunately, they come to our facility."
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