It began when police officers from Dordogne in south-west France received a call about a hunter living in an isolated property deep within a nearby forest.
A shocking and disturbing discovery
Several members of the local community said the man had been acting bizarrely, so officers knew this wasn't going to be your average call-out.
But none of them could have guessed what was waiting for them in the 'forest of horrors.'
They discovered a large number of dogs living in terrible conditions, with many showing signs of malnourishment and neglect.
And there was evidence that more dogs had been living on the property.
Officers questioned the farmer, who revealed that he was storing more dogs at a friend's house.
The police went to investigate and found 30 dogs chained to trees! It's believed their owner used them for hunting, seeing them as 'tools' rather than living creatures that deserve love and respect.
The dogs are about to get a second chance
Police contacted rescue workers from a local animal shelter, 30 Million d'Amis Foundation, who have since lodged a formal complaint, and taken charge of the dogs.
As of yet, there's no more information on the owner or his friend. But France has strict animal welfare laws, and if convicted, the pair face a €30,000 fine and a maximum of two years in prison.