ASHLAND CITY, TN (WSMV) - Crews with an international animal protection organization have removed 65 dogs from a suspected dog fighting operation in Cheatham County.
Officials with Animal Rescue Corps said the dogs found on Buckeye Road in Ashland City were mostly pit bull terriers and beagles, none with access to food or fresh water, and all requiring medical attention.
According to the rescuers, the Ashland City and Pleasant View Fire Departments discovered the animals when responding to a brush fire call at the address. The firefighters found the dogs chained at various places at the residence and called Cheatham County Animal Control.
Animal control officials identified the situation as a possible dog fighting and breeding operation.
"We believe this is the largest dog fighting rescue in Tennessee history," said ARC president Scotlund Haisley. "The conditions Animal Rescue Corps found on this property are the worst I have ever seen at a dog fighting operation in my 22 year career in animal protection."
Animal control officials identified dog fighting equipment, such as a treadmill, fighting pen, and a spring pole used for strengthening dogs' jaws.