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55 dogs seized from Asheville home, owner says 'I miss my dogs'

One of 55 dogs seized from an Asheville man after a tip of animal cruelty on Tuesday. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- An Asheville man is accused of hoarding more than four dozen dogs in his house.

Ronald Robinson spoke with News 13 on Tuesday as he allegedly turned himself into police after being charged with 55 counts of animal cruelty.

According to investigators, one dog died and several others were being treated by veterinarians for illnesses or injuries. Most of the animals are being held at the Asheville Humane Society.

"I miss my dogs. I miss my standard poodle Bella. She's beautiful," Robinson said as he was heading into his attorney's office. "I miss all the shih tzus. I miss every one of them. I love them from the bottom of my heart and I'm really worried about the three that are in critical condition."

Staff members at Asheville Humane Society told News 13 they had to shave the hair off most of the dogs because they were so dirty and had so much fecal matter on them, they couldn't move or see.

On March 24, APD's Animal Services Division was contacted by a local animal hospital to report two cases of possible animal abuse and neglect, which led investigators to Robinson.

Neighbors, like Juli Dave, said they had no idea so many dogs were in Robinson's house.

"Once the weather is nice and we're outside and windows are open, yes, you can hear them. But, I did not know there were that many," Dave said.

Dave told News 13 she watched as police officers and members of Asheville Humane Society carried the dogs out of Robinson's house.

"It's a sad situation on many levels," Dave said, "But that is too many dogs for anybody to have."

Robinson said he agrees with his neighbor, but he couldn't find a better option.

"I had a mother that had a lot of puppies, and I did try to sell them. But, it wasn't successful cause I really couldn't find good homes and so it added up to too many," Robinson said.

Investigators told News 13 it's unclear how long those dogs will be at Asheville Humane Society and if or when they'll be up for adoption.

If anyone has any information on this case, they are encouraged to contact the Asheville Police Department at (828) 252-1110.

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