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Nashville Police rescue 38 dogs from dog fighting ring this morning

A raid on a dog fighting operation happened this morning in North Nashville.
A raid on a dog fighting operation happened this morning in North Nashville.Metro Nashville Police Department

Nashville police raided two homes this morning and rescued 38 dogs. They had suspected a dog fighting ring and descended on the houses early this morning.

According to Channel 2 News,

In the woods behind his property Tuesday morning, Metro animal control officers found 38 dogs, mostly pit bulls and a few English bull dogs, chained to trees.

“We haven’t seen something of this magnitude in Nashville in quite a while,” Metro police spokesperson Don Aaron said during a news conference outside the homes.

Police noticed the dogs after arresting Michael Davis who lived at one of the homes. He was taken into custody on charges of heroin and cocaine trafficking.

The dogs were overall in poor condition. Many had signs of being fought. Others exhibited behavioral signs of trauma. Many were likely to be carrying parasites, possibly even suffering from heart worm infestations.

$250 million in cash was also discovered in the woods. The money is believed to be linked to the unrelated drug charges.

Metro Nashville Animal Care and Control posted on their Facebook page this afternoon:

We are so happy to be a part of such a animal loving community and appreciate the outpouring of concern for the animals seized in the raid this morning.

MNACC is responsible for the dogs during their evaluation and the pending case. They have requested the community step up in helping provide care items they need for the dogs including Kuranda beds, treats, kongs, towels, and cleaning supplies. They do not need any more dog food right now.

All donations can be brought to their facility located at 5125 Harding Place. All dogs will be held as evidence until released by the court.

Any donations left over at the end of this operation will be used at the primary MACC facility.