LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Chains and chewed crates remain at a west Louisville house after six dogs were taken in along with a man who lived there.
Daniel Forbes, 28, is charged with six counts of cruelty to animals and marijuana charges.
Officer Jeremy McGill was one of the first on the scene when LMPD received a tip someone was dragging a dog behind a vehicle.
"The caller who called in the run was able to give us a tag and eventually we found it near a dog bleeding," said McGill.
Police followed the trail of blood to a two-story house in the 1400 block of Hemlock. They approached it, but officers couldn't get close enough to it.
"We tried to capture it and turn it over to Metro Animal Services, but it ran away," McGill said. "The dog is still on the loose."
When McGill went inside to chat with Forbes he said two dogs started fighting.
"The two dogs went at it on the first floor and another four were roaming the house," said McGill. "We also found paraphernalia commonly used in dog fighting."
The six dogs taken into custody are under supervision at Louisville Metro Animal Services.
"Some of them have slight wounds," said Margaret Brosko, a LMAS spokesperson. "A couple of them are under weight. Overall, they're doing well."
It's unclear how the bruises and marks ended up on the dogs, but police say there were signs of dog fighting on the property.
"The way the backyard and side yard is set up, we found evidence that's common with dog fighting," McGill said.
While one dog ran away, LMAS personnel are hopeful the six dogs in the shelter will have a new lease on life.
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