PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A tip leads to a gruesome discovery in Germantown, where PSPCA officials say they broke up what they believe is a dog fighting operation.

“This is horrendous. I mean this is really really horrendous,” PSPCA director of enforcement George Bengal said.

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Bengal says what was found in the 400 block of Rittenhouse Street is truly heartbreaking:

“Six deceased puppies in the trash can in the rear yard along with one living male pit bull.”

The puppies were about two weeks old, officials say.

Bengal says they found an additional dead adult dog and two other living dogs inside the home, which was being used strictly as a stash house for a dog fighting crew:

“The property is completely vacant, there’s no furniture, there’s nothing inside the property.”

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Three more dead dogs were later found in a vacant lot across the street, meaning ten in total were discovered over the course of a week. One of the dogs found in the lot is a female believed to be the mother of the dead puppies.

Bengal and his team have served search warrants on the home twice before and made arrests in 2013 and 2014. He now hopes it gets knocked down or boarded up for good this time.

Anyone with information on the recent discoveries is asked to give the PSPCA a call.

CBS 3’s Jan Carabeo contributed to this story…

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