More than a dozen pit bulls that were rescued from an alleged dog fighting ring in west Erie are now being held as evidence.

The owner, identified as 41-year-old Daniel Swift, was arrested two weeks ago and charged with three felony counts of animal fighting and 14 counts of animal cruelty.

Over a two day span, investigators recovered a total of 13 pit bulls from his home.  After serving a search warrant, investigators found three rooms inside the home they say were used for dog fighting.

The 13 dogs were split up between the Humane Society of Northwestern PA and the A.N.N.A. Shelter.      A total of seven adult dogs continue to recover at the Humane Society.  The other six dogs, which include four puppies, are at the A.N.N.A. Shelter.

A.N.N.A. Shelter Director Ruth Thompson tells Erie News Now that Swift has not signed the dogs over to the shelter, so they are still his property and can’t be placed up for adoption.

"As of now, we're just holding his dogs,” said Thompson.  “We can't really do much with them, even bring them out for the public to see them.  So, the staff is spending a lot of time with them, playing with them, and stuff like that.  Right now, we're just the holding facility."

Swift's preliminary hearing is scheduled for next month.