Dog Fighting Operation Evidence To Be Given To Law Enforcement
LEBANON, Tenn. – On Wednesday, the Animal Rescue Corps will hand over video and other evidence to law enforcement about what is being called one of the largest dog fighting operations in Tennessee.
On Saturday, crews responding to a brush fire near Ashland City discovered approximately 65 dogs, mostly pit bulls and beagles, in deplorable conditions. Rescuers said the dogs were chained up, emaciated, and had no access to food or water.
They also found evidence of breeding and training based on paraphernalia found on the property such as treadmills, fighting pens, and spring poles used to strengthen the dogs' jaws.
Rescuers said the conditions were some of the worst they had ever seen.
The dogs were taken to a warehouse in Lebanon where volunteers have been working to nurse them back to health.
So far, no one has been charged in the case because investigators are still looking into who was running the dogfighting ring.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigators is currently investigating the operation.
While many residents have shown interest in adopting the dogs, officials said it's still far too early for any of these dogs to be adopted out. After all medical problems have been addressed, adoptions will be available.
According to ARC, large scale rescues can cost anywhere between $25,000 to $75,000. Usually they have some time to fundraise before getting on site, but in this case they were in Tennessee less than 24 hours after being called. That's why they're asking for donations either on their website atwww.animalrescuecorps.org or at the warehouse located at 200 Carver Lane in Lebanon, TN.