Sixty-five dogs, from puppies to seniors, were living on a ramshackle property - they had no warm beds, no indoor place to sleep and barely enough food to survive.
Every single one of the dogs were severely underweight. "The pictures look horrible but they don't do it justice," Schindler said."They were just skeletal."
Instantly, Schindler's mission changed from shutting down a hog-dog fighting ring to saving the lives of these desperate dogs. One in particular stood out to him: a sweet old girl whom they would name Violet.
"Violet was the first dog to approach [us]," he said. "She came up and led us, shepherded us through the other dogs ... she kept looking back to make sure we were following her."