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Hammond authorities seize abused pitbulls from property

One of the dogs shortly after they were taken away from the property. (Source: Tangipahoa Animal Control) One of the dogs shortly after they were taken away from the property. (Source: Tangipahoa Animal Control)
HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) -

A troubling discovery for animal workers in Tangipahoa Parish.

Investigators with the humane society and Hammond Police said they were not exactly welcomed when they arrived Monday morning at a property on M.C. Moore Road.

"We just had people that wanted to cuss us out and one thing after another.  It was pretty tense," said Randy Stegall, chief investigator and president of the Tangipahoa Parish Humane Society. 

Stegall said neighbors were hostile toward police and his office after investigators allegedly discovered seven abused pitbulls. He said five of them were chained in the woods with no shelter and the other two were found in dog houses.

Stegall said some of the dogs were badly underweight. 

"It's always disturbing when you run into cases like this," said Stegall. "Why people would want to tie dogs out in the middle of the woods like that, it's hard to say." 

Stegall said they're all expected to make a full recovery.

No arrests were made where the dogs were seized, but Hammond PD said they're looking for two people who they will charge with animal cruelty. Those names are expected to be released when arrests are made. 

The humane society suspects the dogs may have been stolen and used for dog fighting.

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