A Dorchester man accused of housing neglected and dying dogs — believed to be used for fighting — pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges yesterday.
Tyrone Perry, 44, was ordered held on $5,000 bail and must not own any dogs if he is released. He turned himself in to police Tuesday after they obtained a warrant for his arrest.
Acting on multiple community complaints and tips, officers went to Perry’s Mather Street home last month to investigate.
A search warrant was obtained and police found 12 pit bull-type dogs at the home, authorities said. One of the dogs was dead.
The dogs were in metal pens, crates, chain link cages or chained to walls. Police said the dogs had no access to food or water and were sitting in their own blood, feces and urine.
Four rabbits were also found in the home, and police said they appeared undernourished.
The animals were taken away by animal control.