TIVERTON, R.I. (WPRI) — An investigation is underway after nearly three dozen dogs were removed from a Tiverton home Wednesday morning.

The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) said animal control officers found 34 dogs and two cats living inside the Roseland Terrace home after receiving a report that the animals were living in “hazardous conditions.”

The vast majority of the dogs were locked in cages, according to the RISPCA, while some roamed freely throughout the house.

The dogs, which vary in size and breed, appeared “distressed.” The RISPCA believes the dogs were illegally imported to be sold.

The Tiverton Police Department said that the resident willingly let animal control officers into the house and told them she was fostering the dogs for a rescue in Texas. It was later discovered that the resident wasn’t licensed to run a rescue out of her home, which the RISPCA claimed was in deplorable condition.

“The conditions were not acceptable for their the dogs or the humans,” RISPCA Special Agent Earl Newman said.

In a statement to 12 News, a spokesperson for the resident explained that her intent “was always to save dogs and find them loving homes.”

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“Every day, pleas come in from shelters in the south begging to take just one more to save them from euthanasia,” the spokesperson wrote. “It is difficult to say ‘no’ to so many of the pictures of sad faces that are entitled to a chance. Unfortunately, it can quickly get out of hand. We hope every one of these animals gets the family they deserve.”

No arrests had been made, though the RISPCA hinted that charges may be filed at some point.

The house has been deemed uninhabitable, according to police, and the three residents who lived there are being forced to relocate until it is cleaned and repaired.

The RISPCA’s headquarters in East Providence will be closed through Thursday as it works to get the dogs ready to be fostered and for adoption.

The discovery comes just days after nearly 30 animals were rescued from a home in Warwick. Those animals were found after two large dogs were seen roaming around the neighborhood. The dogs, believed to be wolf hybrids, have since been moved to a sanctuary in Ohio, and two residents have been charged with intentionally letting them loose.

12 News has also learned that the RISPCA removed 43 animals — 20 dogs, 20 cats, one rabbit and two guinea pigs — from a home in Central Falls on Monday. That home, according to the RISPCA, belongs to relative of the Warwick residents.

“Our supporting shelters are full because of last week’s seizure, so that makes it worse,” RISPCA President Wayne Kezirian said. “If this had been three weeks later, our new facility would be up and running and we would have the added capacity we need to deal with this type of emergency.”

Anyone interested in fostering one or more of the dogs can submit an application online.