By Beth Germano, WBZ-TVBy Beth Germano

BOSTON (CBS) – Eleven pit bulls seized from a Dorchester home are now receiving emergency care after being found in conditions that authorities call torturous.

After receiving a tip, Boston police officers found the dogs in the basement of 56 Mather Street on Sunday.

The body of a dead pit bull was also found in a garbage bag in the yard.

“There were all sorts of animals tied on chains, in dilapidated crates, and animals trying to chew their way out of crates with bloody mouths,” said Lt. Alan Borgal with the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

The owner is speaking up for the first time, telling WBZ-TV that he took in many of the dogs for others and became overwhelmed by the care.

“Sometimes I didn’t even have the money to save the dogs, but I tried my best. I bit off more than I could chew. I was going to get rid of the dogs,” said Tyrone Perry, who is now out of town but would not reveal his location.

Authorities say the dogs were found in filthy condition, wounded and malnourished.

Officials call the area where they were being kept an illegal kennel and say there was evidence of dog fighting.

“We’re concerned with paraphernalia for alleged dog fighting or intentions to fight animals. These animals were not receiving good veterinary care,” said Lt. Borgal.

But Tyrone Perry says the dogs made him feel like he was living in a prison and claims he never used
them for dog fighting.

“I never fought a dog in my life. I have stopped dogs from fighting each other, hurting each other,” he said.

He claims the deceased dog was killed by the others before he could stop it, with evidence of bite marks.

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports

He says the ground was too cold to bury the dog in the yard so he claims he put the body temporarily in a garbage bag.

The owners son, also named Tyrone Perry, admits the father was worried what authorities would think if they were alerted, and he tried to help.

“Not only for their safety and well being, but because they needed better homes,” he tells WBZ-TV.

Now their future is uncertain. So far no charges have been filed.

Comments (7)
  1. chetco says:

    No charges have been filed? Are you f*ing kidding me? You think this guy is innocent?! Dog fighting “paraphernalia” isn’t proof enough? What a bunch of dumbasses. Why doesn’t someone lock up this guy in some paraphernalia and let him chew his way out of a metal cage. Dorchester cops, you guys are genius.

  2. kettleone says:

    You’re joking right? Hey Tyrone, why not call animal control if you’re “trying to save the dogs lives”. Ever heard of them? You felt like a “prisoner” even though those poor animals were the ones locked in cages. Yeah Tyrone, we believe you. No charges have been filed? Even though there was dog fighting paraphernalia in this idiot’s home. Why not lock the guy up in a metal cage and let him chew his way out. I’m sure your parent’s are so proud…

    1. Willow says:

      kettleone, I’m with you. Those poor dogs. How loving would anything be if they were treated in this manner. People think pitbulls are mean dogs, but it takes time, and torture to make them fight. How many more are locked away in someone’s basement suffering the same cruel conditions as these poor animals? It makes me sick.

  3. Willow says:

    i can barely look at this poor animal. Senseless cruelty. How mean would you be if someone treated you with such torture? This is the only reason these dogs can be dangerous if turned over to someone who doesn’t know their past. Why do people find pleasure in such atrocity?

  4. Willow says:

    I can barely even look at the picture of this poor dog without feeling sick. What a crock the owner is expecting anyone to believe. Arrest his butt and throw him in jail. It’s owners such as this that help give pitbulls the reputation they have. These animals are no born mean, they’re tortured into being mean and fighting for their lives. Imagine trying to eat your way out of a crate? That poor animal must have been starving.

  5. DoverDavid says:

    Cruelty towards animals should be looked at and punishable on the same level as cruelty to children, no exceptions.

  6. Lindsay Lohan says:

    They are all NANNY DOGS! they should be baby sitting 2 year old children, not stuck in cages! I am sure the local shelter will convince some family to take one of these “NANNY DOGS” home to the kids for a merry Christmas.!

    Pit Bulls make THE BEST NANNY DOGS! ask any Pit Nutter

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