A person passing by a building in Lorain called police after they heard barking and smelled feces, according to Lorain officers.
Lorain police, the Lorain Building Department and the Humane Officers from the Friendship Animal Protective League arrived at the building on th 1700 block of E. 28th Street to find 21 dogs inside with little ventilation and lots of feces and flies.
Officials said the dogs were Mastiffs and removed them from the building beginning around 1 p.m. Police said it took three hours to get them out of the building.
According to police, the dogs to not appear to be in bad shape or malnourished.
The owner told police he had a better place to keep the dogs but lost it. He said the only place he could get on short notice was the building on E. 28th Street.
Police said the dogs had been there for three months. They are now at the Friendship APL.
The case is expected to go before a judge on Tuesday to determine if charges will be filed.