Police: Arrests made in Charlotte dog fighting operation

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police said 27 dogs were found and several arrests were made Friday in Charlotte, in what is being described as a large-scale dogfighting operation.

WSOC reported that several pit bulls were tied up with large chains that were attached to spikes driven into the ground at a home on Carelock Circle.

Melvin Smith, 46, and Lefonze Williams, 42, were arrested and are both being charged with felony training animals with the purpose of dog fighting and baiting.

Animal Control officers said they found evidence that dogs were being trained for the purpose of fighting.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department’s Hickory Grove Division and Animal Care and Control Unit said the incident is one of the largest dog fighting operations they have ever investigated.

Read more: WSOC.