UPDATE: Pit bulls believed to be used for dog fights put to death

- UPDATE (3:20 p.m. 6/14/2016): According to York County Animal Control, all 13 of the dogs seized by Code Enforcement Officers had to be put down.

York County Animal Control tells FOX46 Charlotte that the animals were trying to tear each other apart and that there was "no hope of rehabilitation."

Code Enforcement Officers discovered the Pit Bulls at a home on Prairie Hill Road while responding to an unrelated call.

Deputies said 11 of the dogs were on chains tied to the ground by car axles and at least eight of the dogs had severe scars and open wounds.

After examining the animals, a veterinarian working with York County Animal Control found the wounds and scarring on the dogs to be consistent with dog fighting, according to a press release from the York County Sheriff's Office.

The owner of the animals, Frankie Lee Starnes, Jr., of York, faces numerous charges including: Ill Treatment of Animals, Dog Fighting, Restraint Law Violation, County Animal Shelter Violation and Rabies Violation.

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ORIGINAL STORY

Deputies with the York County Sheriff’s Office said they removed more than a dozen Pit Bulls believed to have been part of illegal dog fighting in York, SC.

Code Enforcement Officers discovered the dogs at a home on Prairie Hill Road while searching for a burglary suspect on an unrelated call.

A total of 13 animals were found.

Deputies said 11 of the dogs were on chains tied to the ground by car axles and at least eight of the dogs had severe scars and open wounds. After examining the dogs, a veterinarian working with York County Animal Control found the wounds and scarring to be consistent with dog fighting, according to a press release.

The owner of the animals, Frankie Lee Starnes, Jr., of York faces numerous charges including Ill Treatment of Animals, Dog Fighting, Restraint Law Violation, County Animal Shelter Violation and Rabies Violation.

Starnes, Jr. signed an owner surrender of the animals, according to the Sheriff’s office. The dogs are in the custody of Animal Control. 

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