Ashland City, Tenn. (WHAS) – 65 dogs were saved from what appears to be a dog fighting operation and they have a brush fire to thank.
Firefighters in Cheatham County, Tennessee were called to a property on Thursday for a brushfire but found dozens of dogs chained.
The dogs were mostly American pit bull terriers and beagles. All needed medical attention and none had access to food or fresh water.
Materials used to create and breed fighting dogs including a treadmill, fighting pen, and a spring pole used for strengthening dogs’ jaws were also found on the property.
“The fire which easily could have taken their lives actually ended up saving their lives,” Allison Pathfire of Animal Rescue Corps said. “The chains that they have around their necks are so thick that they drag on the ground, and by dragging on the ground they have cleared all the area away from where the dogs are. So the fire burned right up to the edge of right where the dogs are.”
The Animal Rescue Corps said they believe this is the largest dog fighting rescue in Tennessee history.
The president of the rescue organization said the conditions these animals were in are the worst he’s seen in his 22 year career.