Official believes dog fighting to blame in discovery of animal graves - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Official believes dog fighting to blame in discovery of animal graves

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Her name is Angel, and she's no older than two years.  With bite marks on her hip, and cigarette burns on her forehead, the young dog has been through a lot.

"She's very docile - very gentle," Butch Lulloff of the Memphis and Shelby County Humane Society said. "Just wants to be petted."

Angle is just one of hundreds of dogs Lulloff sees each year.  The says nearly 20 percent of them show dog fighting scars.

"We've had 'em," he said. "Injured eyes, broke legs, chewed off tails."

Some show up locked to training tools for fighting dogs, like heavy duty chains.  One 30 pound puppy was recently dropped off with a six foot long, 10 pound chain around his neck.

Monday afternoon rural Benjestown Road volunteers picking up trash found more than they bargained for: a pack of dead dogs, dumped in the woods.

"It's no way for an animal to be treated," Lulloff said.

Though he's not investigating the case, Lulloff said he believe the Benjestown Road grave site was used by a dog fighting ring.  It's a problem, he says, that crosses the country.

"From north Memphis to southeast Memphis," he said. "From Whitehaven to Bolton...Brunswick...Bartlett...Collierville...you name it."


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