Concerned neighbors in a west Erie neighborhood said they heard dogs yelping and barking on Monday — more so than usual.
That evening, eight dogs were taken from 1047 W. 28th St. following multiple reports of dog fighting.
According to the A.N.N.A Shelter, eight dogs were removed from the home, many of them with puncture wounds and broken bones. Animal cruelty officers and Erie police also were on scene.
The A.N.N.A Shelter took the most severely injured dogs, four of them are 3-week-old puppies.
The Humane Society of Northwest Pennsylvania also received two dogs from the home.
Residents in the area said they believe dog fighting has been happening there for years.
One neighbor said they were clearly in pain.
“They were screaming because two of them had broken legs back and front,” said a neighbor who didn’t want their identity released. “It’s sad that the laws aren’t stricter because this should’ve never went on this long. It should’ve never went on for two plus years.”
There were still several dogs at the home as of Tuesday morning. At least two dogs were visible through a window at the home and another was chained in the backyard in a den of wired cages and chains.
Neighbors said the dogs are trained at the home and engage in fights.
The owner was not home and no charges have been filed and no arrests have been made.