Delaware County Sheriff’s Office searching for people responsible for death of dogs

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MUNCIE, Ind. (April 1, 2016)-- The Delaware County Sheriff's Office is still looking for the person who lives at a property where six dogs were found dead and ten others alive but living in deplorable conditions.

Phil Peckinpaugh, Director of the Muncie Animal Shelter, says the dogs were living in six inches of rainwater and mounds of their own feces. Three animals were found dead in pet food and trash bags.

"There was so much trash on the property, just littered with debris, full and empty liquor bottles throughout the property, just a very hellish living environment for any living being," Pechkinpagh described.

The six dead dogs were all beagles. Peckinpaugh said said it appeared the beagles were starved to death.

The surviving dogs were taken to a local kennel to be examined by a vet Friday. They are recovering, but still very timid and scared.

“The ones that were on chains were on heavy chains. One was chained to a lawnmower," Peckinpaugh said.

Out of the 10 surviving dogs, four are Beagles and six are Corse Canine Mastiff's. Peckinpaugh said they are working to figure out why the owner had the dogs.

"Whatever he was doing, he wasn’t very good at it. I don’t know if he was breeding, if it was a hobby, if he was hunting, it’s kind of a strange mixture of the two breeds to have," he said.

It could take months before the dogs are available for adoption. Peckinpaugh said they are at another kennel because the Muncie Animal Shelter is at capacity. He said while it may take time before the rescued animals can find homes, there's plenty of other dogs currently available for adoption at the shelter.