Police say people are abusing, dumping one dog breed

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Animal welfare advocates say the abuse appears to be limited to just one breed.

"A security Guard for Heaven Hill distillery had seen a vehicle stop and people threw something out of the vehicle," Laura Higgison of the Kentucky Humane Society explained, while referencing the most recent case.

Much to his surprise, she says the security guard found a black dog with injuries. Rescuers named him "Titan." He's a pit bull whom Kentucky Humane Society Officials say was abused.

"I saw the dog and it had, what appeared to be second and third degree burns along its back. I suspect something was done purposefully to this dog," Higgison explained.

Since March, officials say numerous pit bulls have been found abandoned and injured in the same area in Bardstown. Higgison estimates the count is around 5 or ten a month. Officials don't believe the dogs have been used in fights.

"I think Nelson County has a real problem. I really do."

Sheriff Stephen Campbell of Nelson County said "It would be good to know where they're coming from and if they're being dropped by the same person or people."

Regardless of where they come from, Higgison says it needs to stop. She says "Titan" and others who've been found can be helped and later adopted as loving pets. She adds Pit Bulls are lovingly called "nanny dogs" by many for their gentle nature and hopes the person responsible for maiming "Titan" is caught.

"They really are the most exploited and abused dog in the country right now."

If you know who's dumping the dogs, please call the Nelson County Sheriff's Department at 502-348-1840.

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