KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - The Kennett Humane Department is looking for the owners who dumped three dogs near their building.
All of the dogs are pit bulls and one is fighting for its life.
"The city of Kennett does not and will not tolerate this," said Tena Petix, an animal control officer.
Petix said each dog, now under the humane department's care, is severely malnourished.
One of the dogs is undergoing emergency surgery on Thursday due to the severity of its condition.
"This dog looks like she is pregnant," Petix said. "She's not. She has a uterus infection. She's fighting for her life right now. She might not make it."
Another one was pregnant when the department took her in five days ago.
While at the humane department, she gave birth to six puppies. One did not make it.
Petix said all three came in with basically nothing but skin and bones.
They will continue to care for the dogs until they can be adopted.
In the meantime, they are looking for the people responsible for the crime.
"We do have our prosecutor Terry McVey and Judge Mowrer," Petix said. "They are probably the toughest in this area for crimes against animals. They will prosecute you and you will be charged."
She said anyone with information on either of these crimes should call the Kennett Police Department at (573) 888-4622.
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