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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bardstown Police say they have arrested a man after one dead pit bull and several injured pit bulls were found in his back yard.
According to a news release, police went to Hagan Drive near N. 3rd Street, in Bardstown just before 7:30 p.m. Monday after they received a tip that animal abuse was taking place at that location.
When they arrived, officers allegedly found nine pit bulls "barking and yelping" in the back yard, along with one dead pit bull. Two of the pit bulls were fighting at the time, according to police.
"Officer Wright noted that several dogs were covered in blood and had ripped flesh and skin torn off," the news release states. "He also noted that the dogs appeared to be starving, very malnourished and trying to eat each other."
Police say there was no food for the dogs, and some of them had no water either.
The Nelson County Dog Warden and a veterinarian from Special Pets in Bardstown assisted with the care of the animals. One of the living pit bulls was so injured that it had to be euthanized. The eight others were impounded.
While officers were on the scene, the resident of the house, John C. Lewis, returned home. Police say he was arrested and charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty. He allegedly admitted that the dogs were his, but denied fighting them.
Lewis was taken to the Nelson Count Jail.
Police say the investigation continues, and anyone with information is asked to call them at (502) 348-6811.