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38 Dogs, Dog Fighting Discovered in Home Drug Raid -- Sky Arnold

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Metro Police confiscated 38 dogs from two adjacent Bordeaux homes on Pewitt Road Tuesday.

Those animals are believed to be part of a dog fighting operation.

Police say they initially discovered evidence of dog fighting while searching Michael Davis' home 10 days ago during a drug investigation.

Investigators returned Tuesday and found the dogs chained in two yards and instruments used to train dogs for fighting.

"Some of those animals appeared to be emaciated and some had open wounds," said Police Spokesperson Don Aaron

Davis currently faces felony drug charges and he could eventually face dog fighting charges as well.

The dogs are now receiving medical treatment at Metro Animal Control and Care.

Eventually the organization the Humane Society of the United States hopes to adopt them out.

Chris Schindler says his organization typically finds homes for 80% of the dogs rescued from dog fighting operations.

The remaining dogs are typically put down.
 "You know these dogs they almost know they're being rescued they're happy to see you to be freed from those chains," said Schindler.

Schindler says most of the dogs seized Tuesday showed physical signs of fighting but soon they'll go through a different type of exercise. 

Volunteers with various dog organizations will evaluate each dog individually to see what its needs are.

Schindler says his home is proof it can work.

He has several dogs including a pitt bull named Panda that was saved from a fighting operation.

"A lot of these dogs you know a lot of these dogs have never been given the opportunity to be a pet dog but once presented with that they want to," said Schindler.

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