Agents found 146 dead dogs at an Ohio home owned by the operator of a nonprofit animal rescue organization.

The Portage Animal Protective League said the agency obtained a warrant to search the home in Mantua Township, Ohio, after getting a tip that an animal-cruelty charge was pending in another jurisdiction against the home’s owner.

The homeowner is a “founding operator” of Canine Lifeline Inc., according to the Portage Animal Protective League.Many of the 146 dogs were found confined to their crates. They were “in varying stages of decay,” the agency said. Necropsies, which are animal autopsies, will be performed to determine what caused the dogs’ deaths.

OAA is horrified by this situation. We are working with our board veterinarians to develop a guide on finding responsibly operated rescues. Read more on this animal welfare news here.