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Trumann Police Department investigating animal cruelty case

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TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - The Trumann Police Department is investigating an animal cruelty case. Police are looking to arrest two people involved.

Trumann Chief Chad Henson said his department received several tips from residents in the area of a strong feces odor coming from the house located in the 400-block of Olive Street. Officers were also tipped off about pit bulls running in and out of the residence, which is a banned dog breed within the city limits.

On Thursday morning a search warrant was executed at the home. Henson said when officers arrived they found the home to be in a "deplorable" condition with the dogs living in their feces.

Officers rescued 20 pit bulls, Henson said.

A warrant is being issued for 20 counts of cruelty to animals and 20 counts of banned breeds in city ordinance violations.

Henson said Friday his department requested two arrest warrants and now those individuals are being sought by police. The investigation is ongoing.

However, after police uncovered that problem, several more were created.

A bad situation turned worse. Twenty pit bulls, thirteen of them puppies, were rescued from a home filled with feces Thursday morning in Trumann.

The only place to house them was the Trumann Dog Pound that was already full of dogs. 

Dayna Gossett with Trumann Arkansas Pet Savers told Region 8 News that situation put them in emergency rescue mode.

"Everybody started networking and calling and asking and we have come up with a couple of people who are going to help foster some of these dogs," Gossett explained.

Gossett hopes the dogs rescued from the pound will find a forever home soon as the the pound won't be empty anytime soon.

"Anything that animal control has to respond to, doesn't really have a place to go at the moment," Gossett said.

Gossett explained those pit bulls are part of an ongoing criminal investigation and can't be adopted out yet. Once they are able to be released, they can't live in Trumann because the city has a vicious dog ordinance.

"We have contacted some pit rescue groups that are more than willing to help but we still have to foot the bill to get them vetted," Gossett said.

She said that means TAPS is desperate for volunteers and monetary donations.

"We can't wait til the last minute. we have to already have things in place for these dogs or they will have to be destroyed," Gossett said.

If you are interested in helping TAPS, you can contact them via Facebook or send Gossett an email at dlg172@yahoo.com.

Gossett said monetary donations are always welcome too. Those can be made at the Trumann Animal Clinic or called in to Unico Bank.

The dogs are being monitored by the Trumann Animal Clinic.

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