20 animals seized from Reed City home

Police: Situation remains under investigation

(Courtesy photo/Getty Images)

(Courtesy photo/Getty Images)

REED CITY — Police are still investigating after removing about 20 animals from unsanitary conditions at a residence in Reed City.

While serving a court order to pick up a person for a mental health evaluation at a local residence, Reed City police officers discovered several animals living in what they termed “unhealthy conditions” a news release issued by the police department stated.

“There were around 20 cats and one dog,” Reed City Police Chief Chris Lockhart told the Pioneer.

The police department enlisted the assistance of the Osceola County Animal Control to capture and transport the animals from the residence.

In addition, due to the unsanitary conditions of the residence, the Reed City fire department was asked to assist in retrieving the animals using protective gear with a clean air supply, the news release said.

When asked about rumors that the cats had been euthanized, a spokesperson with the Osceola County Animal Control told the Pioneer, “That is grossly incorrect — an untrue rumor. They are considered evidence and have not been released by the court yet, so they are not up for adoption, nor are we looking for fosters at this time.”

Both Lockhart and the animal control spokesperson said this is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.