21 dead dogs found inside Hampton home

Image Credit: WAVY/Matt Gregory

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — An investigation is underway at a home in Hampton where Animal Control say 21 dead dogs were found inside.

Police tell 10 On Your Side they were called to a house on Pochin Place around 9:30 a.m. Monday for a wellness check. Officers discovered the dead animals.

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Neighbors told WAVY’s Matt Gregory that they smelled something odd for a couple of days, but say no one lives in the house.

“It was pretty bad,” neighbor Edith Newkirk said. “It didn’t smell good.”

One neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, told 10 On Your Side she called animal control several weeks ago about the house. She said she noticed the stench and called it in, but never heard anything afterwards.

A utility contractor noticed the smell first and called police. The contractor told 10 On Your Side they saw more than 15 dead dogs in cages in the home. Animal Control officers found one female dog still alive.

No one lives at the home.

10 On Your Side contacted the last recorded property owner, who lives in Philadelphia. A woman answered and WAVY’s Matt Gregory asked her if she owned the home. She said she did. After Matt told her what police found inside and asked if she was renting the home, she said she had to call police and hung up.

A sign posted on the door of the home Tuesday says the city has condemned the home.

Animal control is handling the investigation. A police forensics team assisted Monday. The cause of death for all of the dogs is still being investigated.