Over 120 Dogs Rescued from Two Fighting Rings

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Over 120 dogs have been removed from the homes of two people authorities are saying were running a dog fighting ring in Polk County, Florida.  “Nickie” Nicole Sanders, 44, and Hewitt Grant, 47, are charged with multiple crimes related to dog fighting and animal cruelty.

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Polk County Sheriff’s deputies executed search warrants on the 22 of October.  They were also responsible for the removal of the dogs from the two properties in question.

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Detectives say that a total of 20 dogs were taken from a home on 122 Martin Luther King Junior Street in Fort Meade.  Several of the dogs were seen wearing heavy chains designed to strengthen the dogs for fighting.

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There also appears to have been a fighting ring that had been recently taken down on the property.  Other training equipment was also confiscated as well.

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The reports said also say 41 dogs were removed from a home at 880 L.B. Brown Avenue in Bartow on the 22 of October.  There was also a lot of fighting equipment on that property.  It also contained a collapsible fighting ring, and there was blood all over the floors and up the walls as well.

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“We like to think we rescued these dogs but the reality is this guy created dogs that are really that are dangerous,” Chief W. J. Martin of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.  According to him, Grant has been arrested before and convicted of dog fighting.

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There are a total of 48 charges of animal cruelty against Sanders, and 78 charges to Grant.  More information to come as it is reported.

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    • They were rescued but the police are not giving any of them a chance to live. If you listen to the reporters and the police they call them dangerous fighting machines which means they wouldn’t even bother to evaluate them after they have settled in they will kill all of them. I went to the local news site and there are soo many people like myself that want these poor dogs to be given a chance at rehabilitation. They went through a horror for God knows how long to get rescued and then to be killed. It is a travesty….

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      • Oh yes, I can see how dangerous they are in the multiple pictures where people are touching / holding them.

        These are outdated attitudes. Us pitty rescuers have known for years that fighting dogs are normally human friendly (otherwise how could the humans involved handle them) but the Vick case brought that fact to light for many people. It figures hill-jack FL would still be lagging behind by decades!

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