This story just keeps getting worse. This hoarder has to be seriously mentally ill.

— Kenn

BY ERIC D. LAWRENCE • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

As many as 150 dead animals have been found in a house in Dearborn where authorities had previously found more than 100 live Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes over the past two days, according to Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad.

Authorities discovered the dead animals today when they searched the basement of the home in the 7800 block of Orchard and found several freezers. Criminal charges are being explored, police said. One charge that could result is aggravated animal cruelty, a felony which carries a four-year penalty.

Haddad didn’t rule out the possibility that others might be involved.

Meanwhile, the search for live dogs is continuing. The chief said several are believed to be hiding among the mounds of debris still present in the house.

Numerous large trash containers have been move onto the property to deal with the debris.

Haddad said he could not explain why the man, identified earlier as Kenneth Lang Jr., 56, kept so many live and dead dogs on his property.

“I can’t answer why anyone would do anything that went on in that house,” Haddad said.

He estimated that the collection of animals could have been going on for as many as four years. The discovery was prompted by an earlier complaint from a neighbor about a foul smell coming from Lang’s home.