(WXYZ) - The Detroit Animal Welfare Group tells 7 Action News that dozens of dogs were found dead in a park on Detroit's west side on Friday.
DAWG board member Nicole Litzelman says at least 29 dogs were found frozen after the snow started to melt. Most appear to be pit bull and Mastiff mixes.
Some of the dogs were found in trash bags at River Rouge Park, and, we're told, most of the animals had lacerations all over their bodies.
Litzelman believes the dogs were taken there to be dumped after participating in illegal fighting rings.
"It was heartbreaking," said Gregjo Ostrander of the discovery.
Gregjo has lived in Detroit's Warrendale neighborhood for most of his life and what he's seen is enough to turn your stomach--in the past 7 to 8 years, he says he's saved about 30 dogs already.
"If they are fighting the dogs, then stop. Why are you doing this," asked Ostrander.
Across the 1,200 acres around the park, neighbors say these awful discoveries are made each year.
The Detroit Police Department tell 7 Action News that they are actively working the case. If you have any information, please contact police.