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As the investigation continues, Fox 17 caught up with the some of the lucky animals that were rescued from those dangerous conditions.
Samantha is a 14 week old pit bull. She's playful and cute just like any other puppy.
"She is just a bundle of joy," said Kayce Hackett, a foster for Agape Animal Rescue. "She loves to play."
Samantha was one of 65 dogs rescued from an Ashland City home on Buckeye Road November 22nd.
Firefighters responded to a brush fire near the home and found the dogs shivering, hungry and neglected.
"She actually was very emaciated when she came in," Hackett said. "You could see her ribs and everything, She was really underweight."
Agape Animal Rescue is one of the many organizations that is fostering the dogs. The Nashville-based group took in Samantha and a litter of seven hound puppies that were born seven days after their mother Ellie May was rescued from the home
"She is the sweetest dog you ll ever meet," said Lauren Slatery who is fostering Ellie May. "Her tail is going non-stop. I think she's sleeping and her tail is wagging."
Investigators suspected the dogs were part of a dog fighting ring because they found aggressive pit bulls near treadmills and devices used to strengthen dogs' jaws.
They also found smaller breeds like beagles and hounds Experts say those breeds are often used as bait dogs: animals the fighting dogs practice on, whose teeth are filed down so they can't fight back
"It's really hard but it's nice knowing that that's not going to happen to them," Slattery said. "That they have a chance to grow up and go to a loving home."
And where in a different place they could have grown up to be enemies, now the pit bull and the hound puppies are all friends.
Hackett says instead of being aggressive or afraid of people, they're remarkably forgiving.
Agape says all of the puppies will be up for adoption soon. You can find out more about them by visiting the Fox Links section of this website.
Monday, January 7 2013, 11:19 PM CST
2 appellate court judges are stepping down
May 24, 2013 21:29 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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