TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – “It just sickens me that people allow this to happen.”
Two dogs were found battered and bloody in a seemingly abandoned home on Third Avenue.
“We did see two dogs inside the house that had a lot of blood on them, we were concerned for their welfare,” Laurie Tharp from Cody Enforcement said.
When the owner got there, he said he had fed the dogs even though they were extremely emaciated and badly beaten up.
“The appearance of the dogs was that these dogs had been fighting,” Tharp told us. “These two badly injured dogs have a very unusual feature; they’re missing half of their teeth…canines have been cut off, top and bottom.”
News 10 discovered when this number of teeth is missing, that often indicates dogs were used as bait for fight, meaning these pit bulls could have been used as practice dogs for dogs forced to fight.
Code Enforcement cited the owner for animal cruelty, but when the Vigo County Prosecutor saw the photos of the two dogs, he upgraded the charge to a Class A Misdemeanor.
“In this case, I do believe he was aware these dogs were in this condition, he said he had just been there to feed and water them. That’s telling me he did see the same thing I saw with the dogs,” Tharp said
These canine’s conditions are shocking even to Tharp, who is used to seeing animal cruelty cases.