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33 chihuahuas rescued from squalor in Ont.

A humane society in Oakville, Ont., has seized 33 chihuahuas from a home after they were found living in squalid and cramped conditions.

A humane society in Oakville, Ont., has seized 33 chihuahuas from a home after they were found living in squalid and cramped conditions.

The Oakville & Milton Humane Society said it visited the home last Friday after being contacted by Halton Region police. A local resident of the city west of Toronto had grown concerned about the dogs and called police.

The humane society said it took the dogs into its custody after talking to the owner, who "had become overwhelmed with their care."

"The dogs were caged. There were several dogs in one small cage, so the size was just not there. [There was] urine and defecation in all of the cages.... It was actually falling through the rungs onto the other dogs that were below," animal control officer Amanda Barrett said.

Eight uncaged chihuahuas were left with the owner.

"I think it's just an individual that unfortunately ended up getting in way over her head," Barrett said.

No charges have been laid against the owner, whose name was not released. The investigation is continuing, but the pups will not be going back. The humane society said they will eventually be put up for adoption.

The dogs are remarkably healthy given the conditions in which they were found, but they will need some time to recover, according to humane society spokeswoman Brenda Dushko.

"A lot of [what they need] is things like socialization. They're a little timid and shy, because this is a great big world for them," Dushko said.

The humane society has already received phone calls from people interested in providing the chihuahuas with a good home, she said.