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Animal Control Officers Put On Leave Following Raid On Dog Fighting Ring

Animal Control Officers Put On Leave Following Raid On Dog Fighting Ring

CREATED Apr 24, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Two workers for the Metro Animal Care and Control have been placed on paid administrative leave following Tuesday’s raid of an alleged dog fighting ring.

Metro Police confiscated more than three dozen dogs from a home in North Nashville which were believed to have been bred and used for dog fighting.

Wednesday night, the Metro Public Health Department announced they had discovered complaints were made to Metro Animal Care and Control (MACC) about the dogs on Pewitt Road.

The complaints went as far back as 2010, including a complaint about dog fighting in 2013. Health officials said they are concerned with the lack of documentation of these complaints and have opened a full internal investigation.

Because of this investigation, two MACC officers involved are now on paid administrative leave.

The raid on Pewitt Road came about as a result of an investigation into a major heroin and cocaine trafficking organization in the city. While officers were at the home of Michael Davis executing a drug search they discovered the dogs. Two new search warrants for dog fighting were executed.

Davis was jailed on drug charges, but has not been charged in connection with the dogs.

Animal Control officers took 38 dogs into custody. Several of them had been chained in the woods and some were emaciated. An animal hide was found hanging from a tree that police said would be used to build the dogs' jaw and hind leg strength.

Wednesday, the Humane Association took in extra animals to help make room at Metro Animal Control for the dogs taken from the North Nashville home. An extra 38 dogs at once had Animal Control reaching capacity.

Unlike the dogs seized Tuesday, the animals transferred to the Nashville Humane Association will all be eligible for adoption.

The pit bulls seized Tuesday are now evidence in a possible criminal case.

For more information on how to adopt from the Humane Association click here .