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Officials Shut Down Dog Fighting Ring

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Suspected dog fighting ring leaders Mitchell Wayne Beasley and live-in girlfriend, Lindy Louise Anderson. Suspected dog fighting ring leaders Mitchell Wayne Beasley and live-in girlfriend, Lindy Louise Anderson.
Virginia Gayle Clifton of Dover said she drove more than three hours for hamburgers and hotdogs. Virginia Gayle Clifton of Dover said she drove more than three hours for hamburgers and hotdogs.

WAYNESBORO, Tenn.- Sheriff's deputies shut down the biggest suspected dog fighting operation in Wayne County history. The unexpected raid came late Saturday night on the heels of two pit bull fights.

Rickety old equipment was the nuts and bolts of a sophisticated operation. It was a vicious underground arena in which animal instinct was exploited and humans reaped the rewards.

"Well, they'll bet on whose dog will last and not get killed. They also bet, trade dogs, breed dogs and buy dogs. They use all these things to build them up, and then they'll sell them," said Wayne County Sheriff, Ric Wilson describing the old, homemade training equipment they used on the dogs.

The sheriff shared footage of the surprise takedown Saturday that netted 27 pit bulls, 18 arrests, and some serious charges for the suspected dog fighting ring leaders: Mitchell Wayne Beasley and live-in girlfriend, Lindy Louise Anderson, both of Seiber Ridge Road.

Virginia Gayle Clifton of Dover said, "No comment!" when asked if she was betting on the dog fighting Saturday night. She swears she drove more than three hours for hamburgers and hotdogs, but she ran from police the night of the raid.

Everything about the sport is covert and the scene is remote. The sheriff says fights like Saturday's are even advertised online in code often disguised as a "cookout."

The sheriff says for now, the dogs remain at the site of the raid. He says they will be placed into capable, caring hands. The two landowners face 22 felony counts each. Also, the spectators face misdemeanor charges.

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