Fighting Dogs Found Dumped In Lee County Creek

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - The remains of six dogs found in Loblockee Creek over the weekend has brought attention back to illegal dog fighting rings in Lee County.

The dogs, believed to be pit bulls, had been thrown in the creek and appeared to have been mutilated.

Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said deputies believe that the dogs were dumped sometime between 8:30 Thursday night and 3:30 Friday afternoon.

Jones said those responsible for dumping the animals could face animal cruelty charges.

He said his office is working closely with county animal cruelty investigator Jama Singley to resolve the complaint.

Law enforcement officials were aware of active organized and street dog fighting circuits throughout the county.

Dog fighting is banned in the United States and is a felony in 48 states, including Alabama. It is also a felony in Alabama to possess a dog for fighting purposes and attend dog fighting