Bardstown Police made a disturbing discovery on Monday evening after receiving a complaint around 7:30 p.m. that animals were left inside a vehicle parked on Purcell Avenue.
Upon arrival, they found there were six pit bulls inside a van with no food or water. The dogs were fighting each other and had chewed up part of the vehicles interior.
There were no bowls or containers that would indicate either food or water had been left for them. The Pit Bulls were impounded by Nelson County Animal Control and are receiving care at the shelter.
The owner was apparently in Louisville at the time, police said. Charles A. Davis got back home about two hours later and was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals,second degree. He was taken to the Nelson County Jail.
Police said it is not believed the dogs were used for fighting but leaving that many Pit Bulls in a small space without food or water "seemed very inappropriate for the animals."
The investigation is continuing and further charges may be pending, police said. Bardstown Police are seeking any information regarding this incident.
(Bardstown is the county seat of Nelson County and is located on the Virginia border.)
Up to a $5,000 reward is offered by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person involved in illegal animal fighting. Call 877-TIP-HSUS (877-847-4787). Callers’ identities are protected.
Source: LEX 18