BEXAR COUNTY, Texas -

Officers with the city’s Animal Care Services seized 23 pit bulls Wednesday from a rural property in the 3600 block of Fest Road off of Highway 16 south.

ACS believes the animals were used for dog fighting.

They were chained up behind a home and left without drinkable water. The area behind the home is part of the Medina River Natural Area, which belongs to the City of San Antonio.

Employees with the city’s Parks Department stumbled upon the dogs while surveying. Many of the animals were covered in teeth marks.

“Wounds that are new, wounds that are old. Some of them are in between new and old,” said Vincent Medley, assistant director of ACS. “That all tells us that they get wounded on a consistent basis.”

And this is not the first time ACS has seized wounded dogs from the property.

In September 2012, ACS seized 36 dogs at the same address that were also believed to be used for dog fighting.

ACS believes the same man, Terrence Mouton, owns the dogs seized there in 2012 and those seized Wednesday.

Mouton already has warrants out for his arrest on animal cruelty charges stemming from the 2012 seizure.

He was not at the property Wednesday during the latest seizure.

Charges against Mouton could be upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony if after further examination it is determined that the 23 pit bulls seized Wednesday were used for dog fighting.

IMAGES: Dogs seized from suspected fighting ring

Published On: Jun 26 2013 09:52:51 PM CDT

Officers with the city’s Animal Care Services seized 23 pit bulls Wednesday from a rural property on the 3600 block of Fest Road off of Highway 16 south.

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