TBI Officials Stumble Across Illegal Dog Fighting Operation in Chattanooga

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 5/24/2013 7:28 pm

Truck loads of dogs, mostly pitbulls, were seized from a seemingly quiet home in the Shepherd Community.

Karen Walsh with the McKamey Animal Center, says, "This doesn't just happen in New York or in cities far away from us. This happens in Chattanooga too."

But what may be even more surprising is the evidence that the McKamey Animal Center already collected; heavy chains and an old treadmill.

On an evidence tag attached to the treadmill, it clearly reads that the intended victims were pitbulls.

Walsh adds, "All these cases are very difficult. It's hard to see animals in difficult situations, but that's why we exist is to help animals in these types of situations."

Several agencies are working this illegal dog fighting case, but cannot release a lot of information.

McKamey officials say they do not want to jeopardize the case.

Walsh adds, "We really can't talk in any detail about it because it jeopardizes the case, which will then jeopardize the safety and health of the animals."

Neighbors we spoke with say they're now at a loss for words.

They haven't heard crying or whimpering coming from the Talladega Drive backyard until now.

The TBI is investigating this case, as well as the McKamey Animal Center.

TBI officials say when they were executing a drug search warrant at the home, they noticed a fight ring, blood stained carpet and walls.

There's no word on if the homeowner has been arrested or what criminal charges could come out of this.

McKamey officials tell us they've never worked a case this large before.

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