A severe case of dog hoarding has the City of Madera asking for help.
More than 100 dogs now fill the backyard of a Madera home and the city says the dogs have to go.
It all started with a handful of dogs a few short years ago, but now Niconor Santiago has over a hundred dogs at his home.
Santiago says he knows it's not right, the way he's living, but he can't do anything about it because he can't take the dogs anywhere.
Santiago's translator, Paula Bass, says he wants to help the dogs and he is aware of just how serious the situation has become.
Jordan Lewis with Animal Control said, "We are trying to network as fast as we can with the rescues to remove animals into possible permanent homes before we have to really step in."
Animal Control says Santiago has until April 6th to find new homes for his dogs before they are taken to a shelter.
In the meantime, Santiago faces more than $40,000 in fines from the city and mounting dog food expenses as they continue to reproduce.
Lynn Staab, a volunteer with the Madera County Animal Shelter said, "They are attacking each other; they don't have enough food, so they attack each other to get food."
Staab is worried many of the dogs will end up being put down. "Ideally we would be able to find a home for each and every one of them but I don't think that is going to happen," said Staab.
Donated food delivered by Animal Control provided momentary relief for Santiago who ends up spending most of his income to feed the dogs that he says he loves.
"I know that he is trying his best for the animals, which in some cases isn't enough and that's were we have to get involved," said Lewis with Animal Control.
For information on adopting one of these dogs, please contact the Madera Police Department at (559) 675-4291.
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