An East Hartford man is facing charges after eight dogs were found living in filth and suffering from heat shock.
Police said eight pit bulls were taken from Samuel Carroll’s Tolland Street home last Tuesday.
"The dogs were covered in their own feces, so much that they changed colors now that we bathed them," East Hartford Animal Control Officer Jill Wilke said.
They were found to be living in filth with no water or cooling. Temperatures were well into the 90s that day and the dogs were all suffering from heat shock.
"Six out of the eight were found in a shed that was narrow. There were six areas separated by cinder blocks where each one was chained by a metal chain. There were no windows, only one door in and out, no electricity in there.
The dogs were taken to a clinic for treatment and are currently at a shelter being cared for.
"Every dog required medical attention. They are recovering very well," Wilke said. "I can say most of them are very resilient."
The house has been deemed unsafe and is not livable. That day the sign was posted, an Eversource worker called police after going to the house to shut off the power. He was met with a strong odor.
Most of the dogs are still on medication for untreated medical conditions such as ear infections. Another one is pregnant. The dog's should recover fully. To see the pictures of the dogs on your mobile device, click here.
"Most of them have been so sweet with us. They take their treats gently," Wilke said. "They require a lot of work...maybe someone with experience to handle them, when they are ready to be adopted."
Carroll was charged with eight counts of cruelty to animals.
Those eight dogs aren't ready to be adopted just yet. Animal control is waiting on the courts to turn the dogs over to them. They should know if that's possible in two weeks.
The shelter is pretty full right now and several dogs need homes. If you're interested in adopting dogs, call the shelter at 860-291-7572.
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