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Police offer reward for information on despicable dog fighting operation

Memphis' face has been blurred because of the horrific injuries suffered by this dog.
Kim Tom via Facebook photo

The Memphis, Tennessee police are asking for the public's help finding information about a dog fighting ring in North Tennessee. Localmemphis.com reports residents have suspected dog fighting in the area and hope the police are going to finally put an end to the atrocities suffered by so many innocent dogs.

On Friday, a pit bull was found at the intersection of Berkshire and Wells Station; the dog had apparently been shot in the face after losing a fight. Authorities rushed him to the Berclair Animal Hospital where he was immediately given pain relief medication. Sadly the extent of his injuries were so severe, he could not be saved.

The dog's injuries were horrific; witnesses stated while waiting for authorities to come to the scene, the dog had been crying like a child. Everyone's heart split apart seeing an animal in so much pain.

Corey Sutton, of Memphis Pets Alive, had hoped to rescue the dog, and was deeply saddened that the dog, he named Memphis, had to be euthanized.

Sutton and the police visited a location near the area where Memphis was found; a deep fighting pit, and "very high fencing and massive chains" were on the property. An investigation continues, but no arrests have yet to be made. Animal advocates are outraged and want justice for this poor dog.

Animal advocates contend those found guilty of dog fighting need to do jail time; fines are no more than slaps on their hands. Dog fighting commonly accompanies drug use and sales and promotes violence.

Any information can be reported to the Memphis Humane Society or the Memphis Police at 901.636.3650.

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