Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Injured dogs seized (GA)

Police, Animal Control officials: Evidence suggests dogfighting

.. ..Floyd County police and animal control officers are investigating a possible dogfighting ring after several injured dogs were recovered from a home in eastern Floyd County.

No arrests were made and police were looking for the owners of the dogs.

Six American pit bulls were picked up late Tuesday afternoon by the Floyd County Animal Control Department from a wooded lot on Jones Road, which is off Kingston Road near Mizpah United Methodist Church. Two of the dogs were reported to be in very poor condition.

Both police and animal control officers said evidence suggests the dogs had been in fights.

They said the dogs’ wounds were consistent with dogfighting injuries, and some dogs even had whaOfficer John Satterfield said this pit bull may have fought in the past couple of days because he has a swollen face and blood still on him.

The injuries included serious eye damage, possibly a broken leg, and multiple cuts and scrapes.

The dogs had been kept on chains that were anchored to large vehicle drive shafts.

Chuck Simmons, a pro-bono investigator for the Humane Society, first responded to a tip about the dogs and their condition. When he arrived to investigate the situation, he said one of the dogs looked like it was close to death and immediately called animal control.

Animal Control then contacted the Floyd County Police Department, and Sgt. Dan Bickers arrived at the scAnimal Control officers John Satterfield (left) and Matt Cordle bring a pit bull out from pen to load into custody.

“This is an open investigation right now,” Bickers said. “This could result in six felony counts of cruelty to animals. There was old scarring and new, so it’s obvious to me that some sort of dogfighting was going on. “Now, we’re trying to locate possible suspects for questioning and trying to build our case,” Bickers said.

Jason Broome, director of Floyd County Animal Control, said the dogs were taken to be cared for at the shelter while authorities investigate further.

“We’re trying to determine who the owner of the dogs is, and we think we have two suspects,” said Broome. “The dogs will be kept at the shelter until a disposition is made on the case.”

Bickers said that he spoke with the owner of the property, who denied having any knowledge of dogfighting activities.

“It was obvious that this had gone on for a while,” Bickers said. “Some dogs were emaciated, some had swollen faces and some had blood on them. One had its eye badly damaged.”

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