Fourteen starved Chihuahuas are receiving veterinary treatment after being found in a home where the owner had died. Three of the dogs are in critical condition.
Police say the elderly homeowner had been dead for about 2 and a half weeks, apparently of natural causes.
The dogs were stuck inside that home without food or water.
"This is a very sad situation where you have animals that rely on an owner to care for them, and when they decease like that and no one knows about it they're on their own," says Stacie Dabolt, an AHS Animal EMT.
"They are alive and in the condition they are because they were eating off of their owner's corpse. Sad to say but that is reality of what we deal with."
Eight other Chihuahuas didn't survive. Their bodies were found inside the home.
The living animals were taken to the AHS Sunnyslope facility to be evaluated. One Chihuahua weighs only 5 pounds -- less than half of what he should weigh.