A horrible case of animal abuse and hoarding has been uncovered in Madison County.

An animal control officer discovered some thirty dogs and cats living in horrible conditions at a home on Fidler Road in the Town of Brookfield and some of the animals were near death.

Investigators say the owners of the dogs would only show up occasionally to throw food on the floor and pour water into bowls and there was an overpowering smell of ammonia in the home, which has caused respiratory problems for many of the cats found there.

At least three of the dogs found in the home will have to be euthanized. Another dog appeared to have suffered a stroke and one dog was found chained up in a barn next door. Investigators say another dog was so overweight, it could barely stand up on it's own.

The Wanderers' Rest Humane Association is now caring for the animals, but need the public's help in some of the costs associated with food, medicine and other needs.

Investigators have not released the name of those involved in the abuse and hoarding, but one employee at the animal shelter indicated that they may have been involved with animal hoarding before.

Eventually, some of the dogs and cats will be put up for adoption, but not before their medical needs are taken care of and any potential criminal charges have been resolved.