WICHITA, Kan. — Charges are possible after dozens of animals, including numerous chickens, were removed from the basement of a west Wichita home yesterday.
Animal control went to a home in the 11000 block of West Lotus around 4:15 p.m. Thursday on a follow-up investigation. There, they found multiple animals living in a bathroom in the basement, including 58 chickens, 2 turkeys and 4 guinea pigs.
Police and fire personnel were called to the scene to assist. Police Lt. Dan East said that the smell of ammonia from the animals' waste was so bad, it was dangerous. So bad in fact, he said firefighters had to us breathing apparatus to get inside the basement to remove the birds. All the chickens and turkeys removed from the home had to be put down.
Two adults and five children live there. The couple told police that they had so many chickens because they like fresh eggs. Lt. East said the animals and birds had been living inside the home for at least two weeks.
City law limits the number of animals residents can own. Residents can own 3 chickens without a permit, or 12 with a permit.
The 34-year-old man and 34-year-old woman are facing possible charges.