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Arsenio Williams, 29, James Callis,31, Gary Phelps, 50 and 54-year-old Avery Bell, 54 were indicted by a Cheatham County grand jury and arrested Monday, six weeks after 60 dogs, many of which, showed signs of dog fighting, were removed from Bell's Ashland City home.
All four face 60 counts of animal cruelty, one count of aggravated animal cruelty and one count of dog fighting.
Bell, who the TBI says is the owner of the home where the dogs were found November 22nd, faces those same charges and has also been charged with setting fire to personal property and burning without a permit.
The TBI says Bell is suspected of starting a fire near his home that got out of control. The firefighters that responded found the dogs chained in the woods behind the home.
Kristin Helm, spokesperson for the TBI said the indictments are the result of a number of different agencies working together.
"It really is an amazing set of circumstances that when you find this many animals in the deplorable conditions that they were living in," Helm said. "Officials from all different areas of expertise, law enforcement, fire, animal control can come together to make sure the dogs are taken care of and the people responsible are held accountable."
Dog fighting is also a federal offense. Helms said it's unclear whether federal prosecutors will get involved.
Tuesday night, Callis and Williams were released after posting bond. Phelps and Bell were still behind bars at the Cheatham County Jail.
All four are scheduled to face a judge in Ashland City on February 11.
Wednesday, January 9 2013, 07:06 AM CST
House passes 2-year moratorium on dam barriers
May 21, 2013 19:12 GMT
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The U.S. House has passed legislation that would put a two-year moratorium on an Army Corps of Engineers plan to erect barriers to prevent people from fishing below dams on the Cumberland River.
U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield heralded final passage of the Freedom to Fish Act on Tuesday. Whitfield was a leading proponent of the measure in the House.
The bill, introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., was co-sponsored by Sens. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Bob Corker of Tennessee.
Whitfield said the bill thwarts, at least temporarily, an effort to "take away some of the best fishing in Kentucky." Passage of the measure, Whitfield said, allows time to work out a permanent solution.
The measure now goes to President Barack Obama for consideration.
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