Last four dogs of a busted dogfighting operation rescued

The last four dogs remaining at the Floyd County Animal Control facility on Mathis Road which were seized as part of a fighting ring last week were rescued by the Atlanta Humane Society, according to Animal Control director Jason Broome. Broome said the dogs, a mother and three puppies, were picked up and taken to the Atlanta Humane Society Thursday. Seven others, a mother and six puppies, were previously adopted by a Chattanooga-area rescue group. Twelve of the 26 dogs seized were euthanized Wednesday, and three others were put down earlier. Broome said rescue groups have been inundated with pit bulls from dog fighting operations throughout the state and many cannot take any more dogs. He said due to the Floyd County ordinance that classifies pit bulls as vicious dogs, individuals cannot adopt them. The dogs seized June 11 in Lindale were the result of an investigation by Floyd County police and the Humane Society. The dogs were taken from a residence on Eden Circle, many of them in unsanitary and inhumane conditions.