It's a sign of the times. People that used to be more likely just to be crazy cat or dog ladies in their old age now try to make a profit off their problem. Minneapolis animal control investigators found 30 Shih Tzus living in terrible conditions inside a 74-year-old woman's home. The woman was allegedly trying to sell them illegally online, but when people didn't buy them, the population in her home continued to grow to horrific levels. That's a whole lot of ewoks to be afraid of.
The 1,000-square-foot house smelled so terrible that neighbors complained. The dogs had a slew of medical problems including skin diseases, missing teeth, and one broken jaw.
According to the Star Tribune report, the woman gave them all wonderful old-lady pet names (Honey, Gizzy, Itsy, Bitsy, Trinket, Tippy Toe) and cared too much about them to bother getting them medical care.
"A lot of them are going to need extensive veterinary care for the rest of their lives," an animal control official said in the Strib.
Watch the TV news report below to see the condition of the 30 dogs currently housed at the animal shelter.