23 dogs seized from alleged NC dog fighting property

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HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Police seized 23 dogs, believed to be part of a dog fighting operation, from a Huntersville property on Tuesday.

 A woman who said she is the dog owner’s aunt told WBTV that the dogs were being bred to be sold but were not involved in fighting.

Kathryn Destreza, the director of ASPCA investigations, said that 16 adult dogs and seven puppies were found tethered to heavy chains when they were removed from the filthy conditions.

“That’s how they live their life. If they’re not fighting or being conditioned to fight they live their life on the end of a chain,” Destreza told WBTV.

Huntersville Police Chief Cleveland Spruill said that investigators went to check out the property prior to searching it with a warrant.

“While they were there, they observed dogs that exhibited injuries, bites that are consistent with them being fought as well as tools and equipment that are commonly associated with dog fighting,” Spruill told WBTV.

Now Huntersville police are working with the ASPCA to build a case against the owner.

A judge will decide whether the dogs are seized, returned or adopted.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to contact Lt. Andrew Dempski at (704) 464-5400.