33 Dogs Rescued from Fighting Ring in Polk County, GA

POLK COUNTY, GA — Police in Polk County arrested four people and rescued 33 dogs that were being trained to fight. They say dog fighting may have been going on at the home in the town of Aragon for years.

A raid at the home on Cashtown Loop Road capped a four month investigation by Norred and Associates, a private firm that helps law enforcement agencies uncover dog fighting operations.

This one was the whole deal according to Norred. They say the dogs were bred, trained and fought on the property. “This was a full blown operation with a fighting pit, treadmills and spring poles,” said Norred investigator Chuck Simmons.

Simmons described a fighting pit on the property as a “Cajun Rules” pit. “If it were in operation right now they’d have a carpet down, there would be scratch lines on the side, and the dogs would fight inside this pit,” he said standing in the middle of the pit.

The dogs were tethered to crude homes made out of 55-gallon barrels by heavy weight chains. Some of the dogs had water bowls but many didn’t have water in them. Captain Randy Turner of the Polk County Police Department said many of the dogs had no food or water. “We are giving them food and water and separating them, putting them in the shade, letting them cool off,” he said.

Polk County Police, Polk County Sheriff deputies, Polk County Animal Control and Cedartown Police helped Norred secure the dogs for vets to examine them. “We have some dogs that are heavily scarred around the face area, around the chest, around the neck which are generally injuries sustained during dog fights,” said Miguel Abi-Hassan of the Atlanta Humane Society.

Two men and two women who live in the home on the property were taken into custody by police. As of Wednesday night they had not been officially charged. Polk County Police said they will face charges of operating a dog fighting operation, cruelty to animals, and possession of marijuana and cocaine.

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from 11alive.com

7 thoughts on “33 Dogs Rescued from Fighting Ring in Polk County, GA

  1. I’m glad it was stopped and that people will have to face the consequences. I hope that the doggies will get a chance to have new lives after this. That’s often iffy.

  2. This kind of story always makes me glad the scumbags were caught but sad that the dogs will probably be held for evidence for months and then killed.

  3. So glad to know this was stopped! Too bad the sentence can’t be to live the way they made the dogs live…The people who do that sort of thing are less than animals. Dogs treat us better than they treated those poor dogs!

  4. Oh get off it I love dogs I have four. But for you to say that they are less then animals what kind of statement is that I bet most of you all who post on here eat meat don’t you? Do you stop to think about how that meat you eat is raised and the inhumane thing they do to get it. No you don’t because its OK because you are paying to eat it. right? I don’t support what they did but i also will not condemn it. And please don’t say they didn’t ask for this life you meaty food did not either. I just really think we have way worst thing going on in this world. Also from what I saw the dogs looked healthy to me. Jennifer really i mean no disrespect to you but you should be more worried about the molester, robber, murders that may live so close to home they are the ones that may cause you harm they are the ones to be worried about. As I said before I have four of my own and I love my babies so don’t mark me as an animal hater for my statement.

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