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24 dogs seized from KC neighborhood

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -

Kansas City animal control workers seized 24 dogs, most of them pit bulls, from two homes in the same neighborhood.

Narcotics officers serving an arrest warrant at one home Wednesday found 18 pit bulls and a mixed-breed dog in makeshift kennels behind the home. They took another dog from inside the home and four more pit bulls from a home across the street.

The dogs appeared to be in good health, expect for one dog being kept indoors.

An animal control supervisor says the home apparently was being used to breed and train the dogs to fight.

Days later KCTV5 checked in to see how the dogs are doing.

There are more than 200 dogs at the Kansas City Pet Project's Raytown Road location right now. Twenty-four arrived Wednesday after animal control seized them from the back yard of two homes in Kansas City.

"We had about an hour's notice that all of these animals were coming in. We sprung into action, making sure we had the space and then started asking people if they wanted to take any of our available dogs out into foster so we could make space for the animals coming in," said Tori Fugate with KC Pet Project.

Of the 24 dogs, one is a pregnant female who's very close to giving birth. She and the entire group need help.

"There was no food on the property. There was probably water but, you know, water in these temperatures, they can freeze up really quick and they were living in dog houses. So obviously not the best situation for any dog," Fugate said.

The goal now is to treat the dogs and ultimately get them into loving homes after they each go through an intensive behavioral evaluation process to find their temperament and personality. When they're ready to go, the group will be just as involved in the process with a prospective owner, making sure the animals never have to go on living like they had been.

"We ask that when you come to adopt a pet that you are willing to make a lifetime commitment to that pet, whether they have medical issued further down the road. I mean, it's a long commitment to own a pet," Fugate said.

Animal control officers said they will cite the owner of the 20 dogs for having 16 more than allowed and for not having them spayed or neutered.

Go to kcpetproject.org to get more information on the dogs and learn when they can be adopted.

Copyright 2014 KCTV (Meredith Corp.). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.