Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies saved the lives of more than a dozen innocent dogs from a dog fighting ring on Sunday.
After receiving complaints of dogs fighting near Main Street in Mulga, Alabama, Chief Deputy Randy Christian said that they could hear them somewhere in the woods behind one of the houses. They intercepted one person carrying an injured canine, then proceeded to find 17 more. Four of those had injuries consistent with dog fighting.
Eleven dog skulls were found in the area surrounding a ring that contained fresh blood.
Authorities arrested Reginald Antonio Dowdell, 42, for allegedly participating in dog fighting. “He was booked into the county jail and later released on a $15,000 bond,” reports WVTM.
The sheriff’s office has taken custody of the animals.
Greater Birmingham Humane Society President and CEO Allison Black Cornelius lauded law enforcement efforts and encouraged others to report animal abuse. In a Facebook post, Cornelius said:
If you see or hear something say something. And that’s what happened. It was a long and grueling day. Many thanks to our staff and to Sheriff Hale’s incredible deputies. None of us will ever forget what we saw and none of us will rest until violence like this stops.
It sickens me to think these people live and walk amongst us in our community. And the fact that these scum bags had a child on scene made me want to throw up. Pray for all of these poor creatures and pray for the GBHS hands that will be trying to heal the hurts these animals have suffered over the next many many months.