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Dozens of animals rescued from Shelbyville home

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A Shelbyville couple is facing charges for allegedly keeping 49 animals inside their home, and authorities have now declared the place unfit for habitation.

Police say when they walked in, they saw piles of animal waste, and two officers were apparently so overwhelmed by the smell, they actually got sick.

Sabrina and John Crowder say rescuing and fostering animals is their passion. They say they've found homes for more than 150 dogs and just got in over their heads.

"They were all spayed, neutered, up to date on their shots. They were healthy. OK, we may have had a few too many, but it's because we can't say no. These animals need somebody to stand up for them, and that's what we've done," said resident Sabrina Crowder.

"It was just the conditions that was in the house that was unsafe for them and the animals, too," said Shelbyville police Chief Austin Swing.

The city confiscated all of the animals, and officials said some were in bad condition. It's unclear whether the couple will be allowed to get them back.

Police charged the Crowders with animal abuse.

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