SAN JOSE (KCBS) – Many of the dogs neglected at an unlicensed group home where dozens of mentally ill seniors were recently discovered to be living in deplorable conditions have found loving new families, animal care officials said.

Police found 46 dogs inside a home the Cortona Drive where a San Jose family claimed to provide adult care to a dozen senior citizens. Five people have been charged with felony elder abuse and animal neglect in the case.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

The animals appear to have been treated better than the humans, said Beth Ward, chief operating officer at the Humane Society Silicon Valley.

“They’re all relatively well socialized, and it might be because they might have been the only thing giving the seniors in the home any sort of love and attention,” she said.

Prosecutor Charlie Huang said the house was filled with dog excrement and urine, “some of the victims just wearing clothes that had been urinated on by the dogs.”

Henry Bennett was one of many heartbroken and shocked by the plight of the animals when authorities announced the arrests. He took adopted a Maltese mix.

“You shouldn’t treat animals like that, but we’re glad we’re giving it a good home,” he said.

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