FARMINGVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Donations are being sought to help nearly two dozen pit bulls that were rescued from a Shirley home earlier this month.

The 23 pit bulls were malnourished, covered in bite marks and living in their own waste when they were rescued by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, officials said.

“The conditions that these poor animals were living in were simply appalling,” Councilwoman Jane Bonner said in a press release.

Edward Erdman, 38, was charged with animal cruelty after the dogs were removed from a home on Rowlinson Drive on Sept. 9.

The pit bulls are now being treated at the Brookhaven Animal Shelter.

“One’s tail was really chewed up, one’s patella — his back knee — needs surgery and all of them need to be spayed and neutered,” shelter supervisor Dori Scofield said.

The shelter is seeking donations of blankets, towels, and food as well as volunteers to help with the dogs’ care.

“We’re desperate for funding,” Scofield said. “I don’t want to have to deprive them of the medical care that they need because these dogs have been through so much.”

Anyone interested in donating should visit or call the Brookhaven Animal Shelter at 631-286-4940.

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