They showed up with maggots and bite marks on their tails and paws and now they're at the Floyd County Animal Shelter but officers say these 30 dogs are just some of the more than 100 dogs they found at a home in Jacks Creek.
Animal control officers say a neighbor's complaint of loud barking and a bad smell led them to the home in Jacks Creek where they found, 103 dogs total. Officers say all were crammed in small cages with no food or water and one was already dead.
"When they get that many animals, that's definitely too many dogs to take care of at one time," David Shepherd said.
Officers say many had mange, maggots and some were actually eating each other's tails and paws.
They took the most critical ones and plan to get the others on Friday.
Police say the homeowners weren't home so they haven't issued any charges or citations yet.
"I think they're well meaning people but it's gotten way over their head," Kathy Mullins said.
Officers believe the homeowners were training the dogs to hunt so they could sell them.
They also found rabbits, raccoons, and squirrels at the house.
"The squirrels were dead hanging from a tree by a rope as to train hunting dogs," Mullins said.
Animal control officers say that's not illegal, but not taking care of the dogs is a problem.
Animal shelter employees say this creates a problem for them. They have to find a place to put all of these animals.
It may be tight at the animal shelter, but employees say it's better than where they were.
Animal shelter employees are asking for volunteers to help them with all of the dogs.
Anyone who's interested can call 606-886-3189