Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Two dogs that got away from their Rochester home last month were in pretty rough shape and now their owner is in trouble.

The dogs ended up at Paws and Claws and the city’s Animal Control staff was notified. The female dogs were checked by a veterinarian, who found they were suffering from “obvious signs of starvation and neglect.”

It was determined their owner was 42-year-old Patrick Blount and Animal Control officers went to his northwest home. They found another female there and learned that dog and the two that had escaped had a total of 11 puppies. There were also two male dogs at the home. All were a bulldog breed. The dogs at the home were also checked by a vet who found all the adult dogs and puppies were suffering from “severe emaciation” and other signs of neglect, including “fecal soiling.”

Blount is now facing several charges. He has been ordered to make his first court appearance on the charges next month.

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