ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - An Albemarle County man is facing three animal cruelty charges after police say they discovered three dogs living in deplorable conditions on his property.

Police seized the pit bull mixes from 48-year-old Richard Jones at the home he rented on Rockfish Gap Turnpike in Afton.

Police say the dogs - Kara, Rooney, and Kira - were living in their own feces, infested with fleas, and had skin conditions with open sores. An animal control officer took the dogs to the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA for treatment.

“This is something that's taken serious and the animal control officers respond and see dogs in a condition like that and they do feel it's appropriate to seize them immediately and make sure they receive treatment and the care they need,” said Carter Johnson, Albemarle County Police Department spokeswoman.

A judge ordered the animals be held until Jones goes to trial on the misdemeanor cruelty charges on December 17. Police say the dogs are improving.