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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – A Madison couple is charged with 47 counts of animal cruelty following a major discovery at their home on Crestview Drive last week.

Police have charged James Lin, 73 and Patricia Lin, 71.  The charges are misdemeanors.

On Thursday, June 14, someone reported a foul odor coming from 815 Crestview Drive, which is off Madison Pike.  Madison Police say they found 45 dogs inside the home alive, in filthy conditions.  An additional 40 dogs were dead.

Several agencies assisted, including the Madison Animal Rescue Foundation (MARF) and Huntsville Animal Services.

Miki Bennett, Director of MARF, said of the 45 dogs that were taken from the home, some had to be euthanized.  The dogs are dachshund and dachshund-bichon mixes.  Many will be adopted out in the near future.

PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to adopt one of these dogs or make a donation to help with their care, please contact the Madison Animal Rescue Foundation, or MARF.  You can also email or call (256) 658-8607.  If you have already emailed MARF, please be patient – they have received a tremendous response and are working to get back with you as quickly as possible.  MARF also holds its weekly pet adoption event on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Petco at the new Madison Target shopping center.  Adoptions can also be made through Whitworth Animal Clinic at 106 Rainbow Drive in Madison.  The phone number is (256) 830-1503.