Field officers from the Humane Society of Washington County rescued three malnourished dogs from an area home this week, the organization said.
The agency was made aware of the neglect by a telephone call from an anonymous source who reported three seemingly neglected dogs that were fighting, according to a news release from the humane society.
Two of the dogs were deemed emaciated enough for the officers to approach the house, but the owners denied them entrance, leading the officers to work with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, county State’s Attorney’s Office and county District Court to obtain a warrant to rescue the animals, the release said.
The officers returned to the home Thursday to retrieve all three dogs.
"Our goal is to reduce the harm that comes to all animals," Michael Lausen, executive director of the Humane Society of Washington County, said in the release. The animals "don’t have a way to say, ‘Hey, I need help,’ on their own."
One dog is a pit bull, one a mastiff and the third a pit bull-mastiff mix.
As of Friday morning, the mastiff was in the hospital, the pit bull-mastiff was in need of intense veterinary therapy, and the pit bull was on site at the humane society in an emaciated condition, the group’s Development Director Addie Nardi said.
The pit bull seemed to be in a relatively stable condition, "but the other two are fighting for their lives," Nardi said.
Depending on the care they receive and their progress, the dogs will be placed up for adoption.
The humane society did not release the names of the owners.