Many of the dogs bore scars concurrent with the allegations and others were slowly being starved to death. The wooded area behind the home of Lola Singleton on Highway 17 is suspected of being the fighting grounds.
"This is the first case I had ever seen where it looked like a dog farm. You know where they were being raised just for that," William Terrell of the Camden County Sheriff's Office said.
The property owner, Lola Singleton told Action News, "They don't fight. We don't fight dogs. I go back there, I feed the dogs. I water the dogs and everything." She added, "I love my dogs."
Singleton says she co-owns the dogs with her godson, Domonique Hargrave, 32, of Kingsland.
This investigation comes after deputies were at the same property on New Years day with a warrant for a suspected meth lab. While there, they noticed evidence of possible dog fighting out back and in returned with a search warrant on Tuesday.
Terrell told Action News, "I think they suspected we had been onto them. They had modified things a little bit. But there was still an abundance of circumstantial evidence." "Some medicine, some blood on the walls."
The 12 dogs are currently recovering at the Atlanta Humane Society because the Camden County Humane Society did not have room enough to do so.
Georgia state law for dog fighting is a felony offense and each count yields a penalty of one to five years in prison if convicted.
No arrests have been made as of yet and charges are pending further investigation.
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