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were found cowering in drums, trembling behind trees and struggling
with heavy chains that kept them away from food and fresh water.
"It's despicable it's just unbelievable that these dogs are even alive," said Scotlund Haisley, president of Animal Rescue Corps, the group that took the dogs in.
65 dogs in all were found by Ashland City firefighters, who responded to a brush fire near a home on Buckeye Road Thursday
They were able to put the fire out just before the flames reached
the chained dogs that would not have been able to run away.
"The fire which could have easily taken their lives actually ended up saving their lives," said Michael Cunningham, public information officer for A.R.C.
Haisley said that's because when the smoke
cleared, investigators also uncovered a treadmill, a large pen and a
device used to strengthen dogs jaws, all items that are commonly used in
dog fighting, which is felony in Tennessee and a federal offense.
Haisley who's led rescue efforts across the country says the dogs were found in some of the worst conditions he'd ever seen.
"To the best of our knowledge, this is the largest, suspected dog fighting rescue case in the state of Tennessee's history," Haisley said.
As volunteers worked to remove the dogs, the Cheatham County Sheriff and Animal Control departments searched the property and stood by as a federal agent from the U.S. Department of Agriculture questioned an unidentified man who let them into the home.
Treadway is an animal lover that lives less than a mile away and said
he had no idea the animals were being kept in those conditions, but if
he had, he would have spoken out
"I'd like to see them go straight to jail," Treadway said. "No breaks, put a heavy heavy fine on them, put them in jail."
Cunningham said the next step was to rehabilitate the dogs and work with local partners to see they'll be able to be adopted.
As of Saturday night, no charges had been filed against the homeowner.
Friday, December 7 2012, 06:39 AM CST
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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