Omaha police arrested three people after they allegedly housed multiple dogs in poor condition and sold them on Craigslist.
Nine dogs were found Wednesday in a house at 4949 N. 35th St., including a Chihuahua, Great Dane and St. Bernard.
The dogs were being kept in a basement covered in feces, but they were in relatively good shape and seized by the Nebraska Humane Society.
A search warrant was served after the Humane Society received numerous complaints about dogs being sold on Craigslist from that location.
Customers complained about the poor condition of the dogs as well as the verbally aggressive and threatening nature of the sellers, who demanded more money than the prices posted online.
Police said the occupants refused to answer the door for over an hour. Entry was gained eventually, and police found four people, three hiding in the attic.
Officers arrested Melissa Aguilar-Gonzalez, 28; Judith E. Malpartida, 51; and Gino A. Malpartida, 39.
The women were booked on suspicion of harboring too many dogs, having unsanitary conditions and having no dog licenses.
All three were booked on suspicion of obstructing a police officer and giving false information, and all three were wanted on felony charges in other states.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Humane Society at (402) 444-7800.
The Humane Society also provided these tips:
• Before you sell your pet, make sure the person getting it has knowledge of the animal and can care for it properly. Interview the person and ask for references.
• Be wary of giving your pet away for free. Some people collect free animals to resell them. Most do not spend money on proper cages or food.
• If you find yourself in over your head, give the animal to a shelter, rescue group or someone you personally know can care for it.
• If you’re buying a pet, report any suspicious activity, animals in poor condition or strong-arm sales.