Twenty dogs were turned over to the Delaware Valley Humane Society on Wednesday after deputies from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office discovered them in poor health on a property in Franklin.

Deputies responded earlier in the day to reports of barking dogs at the property and discovered the dogs — one German shepherd, one malamute and 18 pitbulls — kept in kennels in a barn.

“Some of them were in great shape, and others in not-so-great shape,” Sheriff Craig DuMond told The Daily Star on Wednesday.

The German shepherd, a female, was “very vicious,” DuMond said.

Deputies intended to seize the dogs due to their condition and because the owner, whose name has not been released, did not have licenses for any of them, DuMond said, but the owner turned the dogs over to the shelter voluntarily after a police interview.

The dogs will be evaluated by a vet “in the very near future,” DuMond said.

The investigation is ongoing and criminal charges are expected, according to DuMond.

Sarah Eames, staff writer, can be reached at seames@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7213. Follow her @DS_SarahE on Twitter.

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