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Nearly 50 animals found dead in foreclosed Shawano home

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SHAWANO, WI (WTAQ) - More than 50 animals were found dead at a foreclosed Shawano home on Wednesday. 

It’s being called one of the worst animal hording cases ever seen. 

A contractor was sent out to change the locks on the property that was foreclosed on in July. 

They smelled a strong foul odor, and heard a dog barking.  So they made a call to the Shawano County Humane Society. 

Assistant Director Shelly Hansen thought they were dealing with only a couple of dogs, but after getting inside they found a cage with dead animals, which led to even more dead animals.  “This is the worst thing I have ever seen,” Hansen said. 

Hansen says two dogs, five chinchillas, five birds, two lizards and a 12 foot python were rescued, however they were in bad health. The lizards have since been sent to a sanctuary in Ashwaubenon. 

Police are investigating and will likely seek animal neglect charges against the home owner. 

The home is owned by 39-year-old Andrew Janz.  He was found roaming the streets and was likely living out of his car. 

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