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ONLY ON 3: Investigators rescue dogs from Chattanooga home

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One of the dogs rescued from the Peterson home in Chattanooga. WRCBtv.com photo One of the dogs rescued from the Peterson home in Chattanooga. WRCBtv.com photo
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

Just hours after a Hixson man is released on bond on animal cruelty charges, police have made another disturbing find.

One by one investigators bring out dogs carefully documenting the condition of each one.

Channel 3 was the only crew on the scene as seven emaciated dogs were rescued from a home on Woodhill Drive in Chattanooga. The remains of one dog were also discovered.

“All of the dogs were in horrific living conditions with feces all over the floors,” Tiffany Newcomb with McKamey Animal Center said.

No one lives inside the home but authorities say it's owned by Walter Peterson, the father of Geoffrey Peterson, who is facing charges in the Sequatchie County animal cruelty case.

READ MORE | Peterson's lawyer: "These animals are like his children"

In total, 59 dogs, 10 cats, a pigeon and a goat were found in deplorable conditions in his Austin Road home in Dunlap. Four dogs were even found dead in a freezer.

Investigators say tips started pouring in after Geoffrey's arrest.

“There weren't as many dogs, so in that aspect they weren't, but they were still in very bad condition,” Newcomb added.

Brian Kopet has lived in the neighborhood for over ten years and says he knew something was going on inside.

“We did hear dogs barking, a neighbor below said that he smelt death, quite often, too often. We knew that they brought dogs, we knew that they came every day. We knew that they brought their trash out,” Kopet added.

Many neighbors complained about the smell coming from the property but say nothing was ever done.

“We wish we could have been able to do something sooner, but we're glad things have come to a final resolution hopefully,” he said.

It's unclear who these dogs belong to, but we do know they're now in safe hands.

Investigators are still trying to sort out who to charge in this case. The dogs won't be able to be adopted until the investigation is over.

Stay with Channel 3 for updates with this story.

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