WASHINGTON — Five dogs were rescued in a two-day span by Humane Rescue Alliance Humane Law Enforcement Officers from a Southeast, D.C. residence. The dogs were being "kept outside in squalid and cruelly dangerous conditions," the Humane Rescue Alliance said.

Because of the heat and humidity, a HLE officer was spot checking a home on Wednesday where dogs were known to be maintained outside. The officer was checking to make sure the animals were provided proper shelter from the weather.

According to the Humane Rescue Alliance, the officer found two dogs were were "cruelly and dangerously chained inside a shed-like structure."

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The officer seized the dogs due to exigent circumstances, a press release said. The dogs were in imminent danger of strangulation or death.

The officer also noted three other dogs "being maintained in squalid conditions without access to water in the same outside structure," the release said. 

Officers obtained and executed a search warrant on Thursday to seize the three dogs and to collect evidence of cruelty.

"It is against the law to maintain dogs outside in extreme temperatures and not provide them with water and adequate shelter," Chris Schindler, Vice President of Field Services at the Humane Rescue Alliance, said. "It is also against the law to cruelly chain your dogs, endangering their lives, and forcing them to live in unsanitary conditions."

According to the press release, the five dogs are in the custody of the Humane Rescue Alliance, and the case is under investigation.

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