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16 dogs saved from Middle Tennessee dog fighting ring

Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) has rescued 16 dogs from a suspected dog fighting operation in Humphrey's County. PHOTO: ARC

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) has rescued 16 dogs from a suspected dog fighting operation in Humphrey's County.

With the assistance of the Humphrey's County Sheriff's Department and Animal Control, 16 dogs and two cats were removed from the Waverly home.

ARC says the dogs were being held by heavy logging chains, some in pens, and others housed in 60 chemical barrels that were turned into makeshift dog houses.

ARC says a concerned citizen reported the to authorities over concern there were as many as 80 dogs being kept in the woods behind the home. Although only 16 dogs were found, evidence suggests many of the dogs had recently been moved off the property.

Authorities also found a treadmill, springboard, and other equipment commonly used in dog fighting rings. ARC says all the dogs are underweight, have sores on their bodies, and show signs of internal and external parasites.

The animals will be transported to an emergency shelter where they will be cared for until they can be released to shelters.

Humphrey's County Sheriff Chris Davis is asking anyone with information about the case to call 931-296-2301.

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