Rescued pit bulls up for adoption, Suffolk SPCA says

This is one of eight dogs rescued by

This is one of eight dogs rescued by the Suffolk County SPCA on May 2 from a filthy yard behind a Central Islip house. The dogs have been cared for and are ready for adoption, the SPCA said. Photo Credit: Suffolk SPCA

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The dogs found scarred and sick with disease last week behind a Central Islip home are ready for adoption at the Town of Islip Animal Shelter, the Suffolk County SPCA said Wednesday.

Seven adult pit bulls and one puppy, chained and kept outdoors in their own filth, were rescued by the animal protection group on Friday at 255 Atlantic St., the SPCA said.

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Three of the dogs were taken to the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island in West Islip for evaluation, officials said. The rest were taken to the Islip Animal Shelter, officials said.

Harry Tommy Patrick of Central Islip, charged with animal cruelty, was ordered remanded on bail of $3,000 bond, $1,000 cash at his arraignment Friday at First District Court in Central Islip.

He was due back in court on Wednesday, and the case was continued.

The dogs bore several scars and illnesses when found, the SPCA said. Among the conditions: severe ear infections, Lyme disease, anemia and open sores on their feet, police said.

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One investigator said the dogs' area smelled "like a cesspool," according to a news release.

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