The home belongs to Barbara Hart, a well-known animal advocate in Rowan County known for her involvement with the Rowan County Animal Shelter. Hart was instrumental in securing the donations that made it possible for the shelter to recently build a new cat wing.
WBTV had a crew on scene Wednesday who saw Rowan County Animal Control officers, deputies from the Rowan Sheriff's Office, City of Salisbury Code Enforcement and the Salisbury Fire Department all at the home in the 900 block of Lincolnton Road.
The neighbor said he feels bad for the dogs and their owner. He hopes the animals get the help they need.
Neighbor Thelma Stone didn't mince words and said the stench coming towards her house from Barbara Hart's house sickened her.
"[The stench is] Reminiscent of emptying a full bedpan in hot weather when there was no air conditioning," Stone said. "It was like being hit in the face."
There is no word on if any charges will be filed in the case.
Update: Barbara Hart has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty.