Authorities, along with Austin Humane Society seized 19 dogs from at a rural Central Texas property on Tuesday.
Humane society reps say the owner of the house and the animals is a hoarder. They say the dogs were living in filth and without proper care.
Dr. Katie Luke is one of the 25 members of the Austin Humane Society, who helped carry out the seizure.
"It could have been worse. They were living in a really bad environment," said Luke.
The owner admitted the dogs had never been outside.
The dogs were carried out one by one and place in crates, where they will be temporary housed.
The breeds include ShihTzu, Papillon, Maltese, Poodle, Chihuahua, Dachshund and Schnauzer, and range in weight from four to 14 pounds.
Rescuers say many of the dogs suffer from neglect, tooth decay, skin lesions, ear infections, flea infestations and other medical conditions, but they are expected to make a full recovery.
"I think if we hadn't intervened a lot of these dogs would have died eventually," said Luke.
The dogs are not up for adoption at this time. A legal hearing is scheduled for next week.