2 charged in north Nashville dog fighting bust - WKRN News 2

2 charged in north Nashville dog fighting bust

Posted: Updated: Apr 27, 2014 11:34 PM
Metro police rescued 38 dogs from an alleged dog fighting ring Tuesday. Metro police rescued 38 dogs from an alleged dog fighting ring Tuesday.
The dogs were found chained to trees behind two homes on Pewitt Road. The dogs were found chained to trees behind two homes on Pewitt Road.
Michael Davis, 34, is charged with 27 felony counts of animal fighting and three counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Michael Davis, 34, is charged with 27 felony counts of animal fighting and three counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Two people have been arrested for taking part in a dog fighting ring.                                      .

Authorities rescued more than three dozen dogs from two north Nashville homes raided Tuesday morning amid allegations of dog fighting. One of the dogs has since died and now their owner is charged with 30 criminal counts.

Officers were led to the location in the 3500 block of Pewitt Road off Kings Lane and Clarksville Pike following the arrest of Michael Davis, one of the homeowners.

Davis was arrested April 12 in connection to a large-scale heroin and cocaine trafficking bust. Dogs and evidence of dog fighting were discovered at his home during his arrest.

Police later arrested Brandy Harper, another homeowner on Pewitt Road. She faces one count of animal fighting and three counts of animal cruelty. 
 
In the woods behind Davis' property and a neighbor’s 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 on the property.

SLIDESHOW: Photos from the scene

Many of the dogs had scars and open wounds but are improving, according to Metro Public Health Department spokesperson Brian Todd. They remain in the care of Metro Animal Control.

“We're going to work closely with the Humane Society of the United States to have each animal professionally assessed, and then we will work with rescue partners from across the country to help place the animals,” said Rebecca Morris with Metro Animal Control.

In addition to the animals, officials found treadmills and other items typically used to train dogs to fight, including syringes likely used to give the animals injections.

Aaron said, “There were even items hanging from trees that would have been used to have the dogs jump up and grab to try and increase the strength of their legs and their jaws."

Also during the investigation, officers found $234,950 in cash in a bag in the woods. Police believe the money is linked to the drug case.

Friday, Metro police charged Davis, who was one of six co-conspirators arrested in the cocaine/heroin trafficking investigation earlier this month, with 27 felony counts of animal fighting and three counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

James Jones, 35, the neighbor whose home was also raided, told Metro police he was feeding the dogs for Davis after his arrest.

Police said Jones does not face any charges at this time, and the nine dogs seized from his property, three bulldogs, two adult pit bulls and four pit bull puppies, would be returned to him.

Authorities said it will take some time for the remaining dogs to be up for adoption since they are now part of a criminal investigation.

The dog that died was killed Tuesday night after getting out of its kennel and fighting with some of the other dogs taken from Davis’ property.

Visit the Metro Public Health Department’s Web site for ways to help the animals or click here for a list of frequently asked questions.
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