Animal Control Officers were alerted to a home in Riverside, California after a neighbor reported a foul stench was coming from the house.
But the officers were not prepared to find 40 abandoned Pit Bulls who had been left alone for months to starve and die.
Riverside County Animal Services found the malnourished Pit Bulls in a disgusting, dirty home in July 2016. 11 dogs were already dead and those still living were so malnourished that many could not walk on their own.
“Some were so weak that officers were forced to carry the dogs out to their trucks, a press release from Animal Services read.
All the dogs were Pit Bulls and there was evidence on scene that suggested the owner of the dogs was a one-time breeder.
“We’re talking a scene from ‘Silence of the Lambs,’” John Welsh. Senior public information specialist with Riverside County Animal Services, told NBC Los Angeles. “It was the smell of death.”
Investigators revealed on Monday August 24, 2016 that they believed the dogs’ owner was Carl Dixon, who has been in jail since May on drug trafficking charges.
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