The fight to put an end to dogfighting continues. The Gaston Gazette reports that late on Friday officers with the Charlotte Mecklenburg (N.C.) Police Department’s Animal Care and Control Unit made two arrests in connection with a dogfighting ring in east Charlotte.
Investigators found several pit bulls tied up with large chains that were attached to spikes driven into the ground. Officers said they found other evidence consistent with training dogs for the purpose of fighting. They also found a dogfighting arena.
All told, a total of 27 animals were found on the property, and several had injuries typical of dogfighting.
The two arrested men were Melvin Smith, 46, and Lefonze Williams, 42. Both have been charged with felony training of animals with the purpose of dogfighting and baiting.
The article notes that the number of dogs and evidence seized make the enterprise one of the largest dogfighting operations the department has investigated to date.
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