YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Reports said a North Side man was arrested early Saturday evening on animal cruelty charges after he beat several dogs with a shovel that were attacking each other.

Tyrone Fields, 63, was booked into the Mahoning County jail after he was arrested about 6:40 p.m. at his home in the 300 block of Lora Avenue.

Court records do not list an arraignment date for Fields.

Police were called to his home for a report of a man beating a dog with a shovel and when officers got there, Fields met them and said two stray pit bulls attacked two of his small dogs and killed one of them.

“The incident did start in what appears to be an alleged dog fight,” said Jane MacMurchy, a spokesperson for Animal Charity of Ohio.

Reports said one of the small dogs was in a corner of the backyard covered with dirt and leaves and a second dog was in a closet in the house and not moving.

The walls were covered in blood as well as the floor, reports said.

Later, while awaiting humane agents, reports said Fields told police the two pit bulls were his and they attacked his small dogs when he let them out of the house, so he started to hit them with a shovel to try and separate them.

As he was interviewed, police found another dog in the house, reports said. The dog in the closet had two broken back legs and head trauma, reports said.

Investigators took two shovels covered with blood as evidence.

“That’s where our job comes in to really piece together with evidence as well as speaking to witnesses,” MacMurchy said.

Animal Charity took custody of the animals and got them emergency medical treatment over the weekend. They are improving but are in a lot of pain and in need of constant care.

“Just an everyday treatment to keep the infection down,” MacMurchy said.

Besides the ongoing investigations, there is also the issue of available space at Animal Charity. October was a record-setting month for bringing in animals. Just last week, agents took in close to 20 dogs and cats.

“They’re needing more around-the-clock care like this or they have to have specialty appointments and visit special vets, that all costs money,” MacMurchy said.