DONALDSONVILLE, La. (BRPROUD) — Three dogs allegedly left neglected were rescued Friday after a volunteer cruelty investigator traveling down Highway 1 spotted one dog wrapped up around a pole.

The Humane Society of Louisiana (HSLA) said Jennifer Mistretta stopped at an empty lot where the dog, a black pit bull terrier, was found along with two other dogs, a bulldog terrier and a shepherd-mix, in “equally deplorable conditions.”

Deputies and animal control were called before the dogs were taken to Cara’s House, an area humane agency. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office issued a bench warrant for the dog’s owner’s arrest, according to HSLA.

“We are grateful to Jennifer for stopping and inquiring about the well-being of these dogs, the deputies and animal control officers who responded quickly and professionally, and the staff of Cara’s House for accepting custody of these long-mistreated animals,” HSLA Director Jeff Dorson said. “We are delighted that they will get a second chance and receive lots of love, attention, food, and warmth over the holidays. We further hope that the DA and courts will take this matter seriously and assess fines and penalties that take into account the amount of suffering these dogs endured.”

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