(CBS) — Chicago police were executing a search warrant at a South Side home looking for drugs but came across another crime: 13 pit bulls living in filthy cages, caked in urine and feces.
Prosecutors say 34-year-old Charles Tate was keeping the pit bulls, which had no access to water from their cages.READ MORE: Chicago Police Union President Urges Aldermen To Repeal Mayor's Vaccine Mandate For City Workers, Judge Denies Request To Extend Gag Order
Tate is a known gang member, on probation for previous animal cruelty charges, authorities said.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Most Locations To Remain Dry Overnight
He’s now facing more animal-related violations and two felony drug charges.MORE NEWS: Illinois State University Student Jelani Day's Death Ruled A Drowning
The dogs were taken into the custody of the Animal Control Department.