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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two Louisville men are being charged in unrelated cases of animal abuse and neglect.
The first case involves two dead dogs found in the backyard of a home on Hemlock Street in West Louisville. Metro Animal Services received an anonymous tip and later found two pit bulls chained to a tree in what they're calling "horrendous conditions."
An anonymous tip led Louisville Metro Animal Services to the West Louisville home.
"These dogs were left outside, they had starved to death and literally froze to death," says Justin Scally, LMAS Director.
Metro Police eventually arrested 23 year old Delvon Smith; he's charged with two counts of Animal Torture.
Scally says, "The water had frozen, they had no food and on top of it they were just chained out there, just left to die."
And in an unrelated case, Louisville Metro Animal Services charged another man, Joshua Jones, with cruelty to Animals after two puppies were found nearly strangled to death.
"These dogs were found in bad shape. They have harnesses on because they had collars that had been embedded into their necks," says Scally.
Tuesday, we introduced viewers to 13 week olds Apollo and Tytus. Scally says the playful Labradors had to have their dog collars surgically removed.
"In both of the cases...we filed the charges and Louisville Metro Police Department made the arrest."
Scally says they found out about both cases through anonymous tips, and hopes more people will do the same when it comes to animal abuse.
"We have to take a stance against animal cruelty together as a community...because if we don't do it we don't do it together we don't send a strong enough message."
Looks like Apollo and Tytus will make a full recovery, however, Scally says they'd still like to keep the dogs together.
"I think that they have bonded together, they've gone through a lot of trauma and all they've had was each other and so because of that we want to try to find a home for them together."
The suspects both face fines and prison time if convicted. Anyone interested in adopting the animals should contact Metro Animal Services.