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Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 9:50am

Dogs Rescued From Suspected Fighting Operation In Sandersville

25 emaciated and malnourished dogs have been rescued from a property in Sandersville—130 miles southeast of Atlanta. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office worked with an animal welfare group to remove the animals Wednesday.

Officials say scars on the bodies lead them to believe the dogs were being used for fighting and breeding. The animals were found tied with chains to tire axles and posts on the property.

In addition to the two dozen dogs rescued, another 27 were found dead.

Several arrests are expected.

A press release from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says Washington County authorities intend to arrest the caretaker of the animals, who claims that the original owner of the dogs did not provide them with adequate food and other necessities. Other arrests and animal cruelty charges are anticipated.

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