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Accused Tennessee dog-fighter indicted on 30 charges

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According to Tuesday's WKRN 2 News, a man accused of being involved in a large Tennessee dog-fighting operation has been indicted on 30 charges by a federal grand jury.

Last week, 35-year-old Michael A. Davis was indicted on 27 counts of animal cruelty and three counts of animal fighting after a suspected dog-fighting operation was discovered at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, last April. During the raid, dozens of dogs, who had been living in the woods where they were tethered to trees by heavy chains. were seized and dog-fighting paraphernalia was discovered.

Ten days prior to the raid, Davis had been arrested for heroin and cocaine trafficking; items suggesting the presence of a dog-fighting operation were discovered when he was initially taken into custody, and the authorities returned later with a search warrant.

Many of the dogs seized from the property were injured and emaciated - since the time that the dogs were seized, many were turned over to various rescue agencies to recovery and go through rehabilitation in order to be eligible for adoption.

Davis remains behind bars at the Metro Jail on a $400,000 bond.

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