LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — A large number of chihuahuas are in the care of animal specialists after being rescued in Lexington.

Lexington-Fayette Animal Care & Control (LFACC) officials said 47 chihuahuas were rescued Monday through the execution of two search warrants on Chippendale Drive.

Although LFACC officials cannot disclose the details of the case, they did indicate the dogs were living in “deplorable conditions,” and two owners have been cited for improper care of animals.

“The maximum penalty for each count of animal cruelty (care and treatment of animals) is a year in jail and a $500 fine. There were 47 counts issued in this case,” said LFACC officials. “Sometimes plea agreements can be reached that include restrictions on pet ownership, mental health counseling, and/or home monitoring. However, these types of conditions are not written in Kentucky law as a penalty for these crimes.”

LFACC also indicated the Fayette County Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecuting and resolving these types of cases.