Bainbridge officers uncover dog fighting ring

Bainbridge Dog Fighting
Posted at 2:29 PM, Jan 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-22 18:27:54-05

UPDATE: January 22, 2013 10:45 p.m.

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WTXL)--Dozens of malnourished and injured dogs are now in the care of the humane society.

The video is difficult to look out at, a dog in so much pain it can't even put weight down on all fours.

"You have to be heartless to do that," said Bainbridge-Decatur County Humane Society Director Beth Eck.

Eck says these dogs are the victims of suspected dog fighting.

"I don't know how any person could enjoy witnessing a dog fight," said Eck. "It is a horrible thing i don't understand how anyone could find that entertaining."

Bainbridge Public Safety officers found a total of 35 dogs in the backyards of two homes on Love Street and Columbia Street Saturday. They say some were chained up, others carried weights around their necks to make them strong enough to fight.

"I have two pit bulls and a lab so it my hurts my heart even more because my pit bulls are babied and home on their bed and these poor dogs are just in horrendous conditions," said Eck.

They have scars on their faces and broken bones.

Eck says it appears some of these pit bull mixed dogs have been bred over and over again.

The humane society says over breeding is also considered abuse. Now the dogs are in their care.

The fate of the dogs here is really uncertain.

Advocates urge you to report dog fighting if you see it because they say animals can't save themselves.

The Bainbridge-Decatur County Humane Society says they're in need of donations for the dogs.

They're asking for money, blankets and food. You can call (229) 246-0101 for more information.

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WTXL)--Bainbridge Public Safety officers are investigating a possible dog fighting ring.

Sergeant David Cutchin was patrolling on Columbia Street when he says he noticed a large number of dogs behind a home on the 700 block. Cutchin says he began looking at the animals and noticed some were bleeding and many were malnourished. He says in in the backyard of another home, this one on Love Street he found more injured dogs. Officers say evidence at the two properties show signs of dog fighting.

Dozens were taken to a veterinarian for evaluation. Arrests are pending.