Thanks to a search warrant executed by the King and Queen County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia, 32 Great Dane dogs, some on the brink of death, was saved from horrible conditions.

Two people, Richard Awlasewicz and Candice Wheat, were arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty charges. Of the 32 dogs, 20 were adult dogs and 12 were puppies.

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“Five of the dogs were discovered barricaded inside a small, dilapidated camper. Both the camper and the dogs were covered in feces and urine. There was no food or water in the camper,” Chief Deputy W.R. Balderson stated on Facebook.

The situation inside the home was so deplorable that the state Health Department and County Zoning Office were contacted. At Awlasewicz’s arraignment, he came forth with unsubstantiated claims that two of the dogs seized are service animals for himself and Wheat. At that point,  Awlasewicz’s attorney asked that the two dogs be returned immediately. The Judge declined to consider Awlasewicz’s attorney’s request and the hearing will be continued at a later date.

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The dogs are all receiving care from the King William Regional Animal Shelter, where it is being reported the dogs are improving each day.