NEWKIRK - The Kay County Sheriff's Office received an anonymous call Monday night alerting them to what the caller believed to be 100 starving Pit Bull dogs in the 7500 block of East Dry Road, seven miles west of Newkirk.
When deputies arrived, they found 96 dogs chained to axles that were placed just far enough apart to keep the dogs from one another.
One dog was found dead on his chain, leaving 95 dogs in desperate need of food, shelter and attention. That number has since been raised to 107 by law enforcement officials.
Wednesday night, a search warrant was issued on the house and nine more pups were found.
According to sheriff's deputies, it appeared that the dogs had been chained up so long that some of them had dug grooves, some nearly a foot deep, in complete circles around the axles.
Many of the dogs were kept on three-foot chains.
Kay County Undersheriff Steve Kelley said authorities arrested 32-year-old Jerry Southern, Wichita, and transported him to the Kay County Detention Center in Newkirk.
Kelley said Southern had been arrested and convicted for animal cruelty in Kansas and was not allowed to own a Pit Bull in that state.
Authorities said they believe he chose to move his operation to Kay County.
Veterinarian Seletha Sanders, DVM, owner of Westside Animal Clinic in Newkirk, and an assistant donated their time Wednesday to check the status of the animals.
Each dog was graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the worst condition.
Only one of the Pit Bulls received a 3, and it was a dog chained just outside the metal barn that also contained Pit Bulls.
Sanders said a couple of the dogs were graded a 2, but most were graded a 1, a half or a quarter.
Southern told Kelley some of the dogs in the barn belonged to a friend. According to Kelley, Southern said he was "just caring for those dogs" and did not own them.