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11 pit bulls rescued from basement in Lawrence

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A utility worker answering a call in Lawrence paused for concern when he found puppies living in absolutely disgusting conditions.

11 dogs in total were removed from the house.

“We don’t always know exactly what is going to walk through our door when we hear poor living conditions, so we were really lucky that these guys looked as good as they do,” Julia Pesek, from MSPCA, said.

The dogs were found when a gas meter reader attempted to go into the basement but didn't because there was a stench that was overwhelming.

The MSPCA's Nevins Farm in Methuen took nearly half the dogs. A few others were taken to Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, including one suffering from a serious case of mange.

The dogs' owner, who's now charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty, said he breeds these American pit bulls for show and to sell. He also said he had his landlord's permission to have a makeshift kennel in the basement.

Pierre Cassangnol says he normally cleans it daily, but that day, he was too busy.

“Sometimes you have a bad day and that’s what happened. They catch you on that one day,” he said.

The dogs are a pitbull mix, a breed some people assume are vicious but the puppies are sweet and the adult male, is a lover not a fighter.

Nearly all have already been adopted into new homes.

“We're really glad we have great ambassadors with these guys showing people that pitbulls and pitbull type dogs can be just really wonderful fabulous lap dogs,” Pesek said.

Cassangnol said he plans to fight the charges and is currently looking for a lawyer.

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