Humane agents rescue 4 pit bulls chained outside of Hazelwood house

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HAZELWOOD, Pa. —

Police in Hazelwood are looking for the dog owner accused of leaving his animals alone for weeks.

Authorities said neighbors tried to help by throwing food to the dogs, but eventually contacted police.

Detectives and animal humane agents responded to Andre Cooper’s Glenwood Avenue home Friday with a search warrant hoping to rescue the abandoned dogs.

Pittsburgh police Officer Christine Luffey said four pit bulls that were chained up in the back yard were rescued.

“The animals were left outside 24/7 and we found no water back there,” Luffey said. “The shelter was absolutely horrible. They’re pets. They deserve better and it’s the right thing to do.”

Investigators said the house has no utilities and they believe it may be used as a breeding business.

According to police, several witnesses told them they saw Cooper throw dead dogs over the hillside behind his house.

Cooper is facing several counts of animal cruelty.