BARDSTOWN, Ky (WHAS11) -- A Bardstown man is behind bars after police responded to an animal complaint Monday and said they found a dog dead in his backyard.
According to a news release, officer Kyler Wright also located nine barking pitbulls, two of which were fighting. One of the dogs had apparently gotten loose and was attacking other dogs that were chained.
Police said several of the dogs were covered in blood and had ripped flesh and skin torn off. Wright also noted the dogs appeared to be starving; they had no food and stagnant water, if any.
The Nelson County Dog Warden and other officers were called to the scene to assist.
Dr. Dena Fitzpatrick of Special Pets in Bardstown examined eight of the dogs impounded by the Dog Warden. The examinations showed the dogs had lacerations to the face and legs and one had its ears torn. Another dog had to be euthanized.
The homeowner, John C. Lewis, returned to the house while officers were on the scene and he was questioned and taken into custody.
Lewis is charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty and police said he acknowledged the dogs were his but denied fighting them.
Bardstown Police is requesting anyone with information regarding this incident please contact them at 348-6811.