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Humane Society seizes 36 dogs and puppies from Toledo home

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The Toledo Area Humane Society seizes 36 dogs and puppies from a Toledo home.

Toledo police officers were on the scene to help execute the search warrant on the 1800 block of Perth Street just after 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

The owner of the dogs is 63-year-old George Francel.  Francel tells 13abc he breeds Shih Tzus and has a kennel license.

Complaints were filed concerning the well being of the dogs. 

The dogs appeared to be well fed.  The dogs will be examined by a veterinarian. 

The humane society says the home owner did cooperate today with their investigation.

 "They were like my children, since I don't have a family,” says George Francel.

Neighbors complain the 63-year-old is an animal hoarder.

"I don't know his reasoning behind it, but it's sad and sick and it's about time somebody did something,” says Cathy Henneman, who lives down the street.

Francel, along with his mother, began breeding Shih Tzus 12 years ago.

"I know he's lost his mother in the last year and so it has been left on him and it may be a little more than he can handle by himself,” says Gary Willoughby, the Executive Director of the Toledo Area Humane Society.

"They definitely had enough food, treats three times a day, a yard to run around in,” says Francel.

Sgt. Pete Lavey who initially negotiated with Francel at the door knows the family well because he grew up down the street.

"They started a little breeding factory here and he was sort of keeping it up for her remembrance. He gives the dogs away to people who can't afford them,” says Sgt. Lavey.

 The Humane Society seized the Shih Tzus because Francel wasn’t cooperating with an investigation into complaints from a veterinarian.

Francel says he worried what would happen to his animals.

"We don't want to take all of his animals away, we just have to check on their well-being, so our veterinary team will assess everybody, do a physical and an exam. I left him my card, we'll reach out and talk to him in a couple days,” says Willoughby.

"They're not aggressive,” says Sgt. Lavey. “They look like they've been well fed. There's food there in the bowls and stuff like that, water.  So all in all I think they're in pretty good shape."

 "I do want them all back and I do have homes for the nine that are ready to go and I do have people asking for the other 6 little ones and the other three,” says Francel.

Willoughby says the dogs appear to be healthy and well socialized, although conditions in the home are described as “a little dirty.”

It is possible Francel could get some of his dogs back.

So far, no charges are being filed.

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