Animal rescue groups in Calgary are helping 18 cattle dogs from a ranch in Priddis that's at the centre of a homicide investigation.

The animals used to belong to Trevor Kloschinsky, the man accused of killing peace officer Rod Lazenby.

Lazenby, a 62-year-old peace officer, was dropped off at a southeast Calgary police station in his own SUV on Aug. 10, the RCMP said. He was taken to hospital in critical condition but pronounced dead on arrival.

He was responding to an animal complaint near Priddis, Alta — a 15-minute drive southwest of Calgary.

Caring for the dogs

Deanna Thompson, president of the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society, said some of the dogs need dental work and eye surgery, but for the most part they're in good shape.

"We don't know much about the actual living conditions, so judging by the condition of the dogs, they are well fed. Socialized? Not so much," Thompson said. "We're working on socializing them more."

The dogs will be vaccinated, treated for parasites and spayed and neutered.

Thompson said after spending some time getting socialized in foster homes, they will be put up for adoption.

For more information on the dogs and where to donate, click here.