Four men have been arrested, and 32 dogs are freed from a life of violence.
A good tip lead police officers in Mississippi to a wooded area behind a Canton, Miss. home. They were greeted by the sounds of several dogs growling and barking and four men surrounding two small pit bulls. The men were yelling and purposefully agitating the dogs, encouraging them to fight.
The men have been identified as 40-year-old Michael Lamond Brown, 39-year-old Maurice Greenwood, 37-year-old H.B. Preyer III, and 39-year-old Derrick L. Mack. All four are Mississippi residents who have been charged with dog fighting, and Preyer has the added charge of aggravated cruelty.
With the suspects in custody, officials started the eye-opening work of inspecting the premises. They found dogs of varying ages and in various stages of health confined behind the home. There were three female mother dogs, 14 adult males, and 15 puppies. Three of the pit bulls have obvious scars showing a long history of forced fighting. Some were missing legs, one was missing a lower jaw, and there were dead adult dogs strewn around the property.
Sheriff Travis Patten of Madison County Sheriff's Department says the dogfighting operation is the worst case of animal abuse and animal cruelty ever seen in Adams County.
Investigators also found a homemade treadmill where the pit bulls were allegedly forced to exercise. It stood beside a supply of medicine, food supplements, and antibiotics for the dogs.
While there's no doubting the fact all 32 dogs found in the woods behind a seemingly average home in Mississippi have faced insurmountable suffering and abuse, they've been nothing but friendly toward their rescuers. They're timid and scared, but they're ready to move on to better lives after receiving emergency treatment.
Eleven of the former fighting dogs will get their chance with Shaw Pit Bull Rescue in Columbus. The rescue has reported the dogs will arrive on Thursday, and they're accepting donations to go toward their care. According to their Facebook, they'll need a minimum of $125 per dog to get them ready for adoption. They'll also need help with food and medical costs until they find the perfect families to take them home.
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