City officials seized 58 chickens, two turkeys and four guinea pigs from a residence in southwest Wichita.
The residents, a 34-year-old man and 34-year-old woman with five children, were keeping the animals in the basement of the home in the 11000 block of West Lotus, a Wichita Police Department official said Friday. There was no indication why the residents were keeping the animals, who had lived in the home for at least two weeks.
Wichita Fire Department officers were called Thursday to help remove the animals from the basement of the house, which is near Maize and Pawnee. The officers used breathing devices to protect against a strong ammonia smell caused by the amount of waste the animals produced. Due to the conditions the animals were kept in, the chickens and turkeys were euthanized.
It is a violation of city laws to keep more than three chickens without a permit or more than 12 chickens with a permit.