PLANT CITY, Florida -- Hillsborough County Animals Services investigators seized two dozen pit bulls from a property in rural Plant City, following an anonymous call from someone who feared for the dogs' safety.
Armed with a search warrant, investigators arrived to find the dogs short-chained and stuffed into two makeshift kennels. Some of the dogs were underweight, others were injured. Investigators say some of the dogs had puncture wounds on their snouts and forelegs, which is indicative of dog fighting.
Investigators say they also found other evidence of fighting, including splattered blood on the walls and inside the kennels.
"Some of these dogs are seriously injured, wounds and clear cuts on their heads and legs. Some are still bleeding. We also have numerous dogs with old scars," said Pam Perry, lead investigator with Hillsborough County Animal Services.
The dogs vary in age and were taken to animal services, where they received treatment for various injuries and conditions. Vets weighed, measured, and gave each dog a profile. They will be rehabilitated before being placed for adoption.
All evidence of abuse will be turned over to the state attorney's office, and animal services will seek criminal prosecution.
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