KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City police weren't looking for dogs when they arrived in the 5600 block of Bales to serve a drug warrant on Wednesday, but they found them. Lots of them.
By the time police and animal control officers left the scene hours later, they had seized two dozen dogs, all but one a pit bull, from what they believed to be a secret breeding operation. Most of the dogs were kept in outdoor kennels, clean, but Spartan, in the woods behind a vacant lot. They ranged in age from puppies to older, pregnant females.
Four dogs were seized from a house across the street. It is unclear how they were related to the dogs being kept across the street. Men living in both homes involved in the seizure declined to answer questions from 41 Action News. One of the residences had several signs warning "Beware of Dog."
Investigators aren't ruling out the possibility the dogs were being trained for fighting.
The dogs were checked out and boarded by the KC Pet Project, which takes in dogs seized by city animal control officers.
City ordinances restrict the number of dogs in a home to four and require that pit bulls be spayed or neutered. That does not appear to be the case here.
Earlier this month, the city announced a new program funded by a $100,000 grant to pay for free spaying and neutering for pit bulls in the two city zip codes with the most of the dogs – 64130 and 64132.