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3 dogs euthanized after rescue from suspected dog fighting ring

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(04/10/12) - Tuesday afternoon, the Genesee County chief animal control officer confirmed that three of the five dogs rescued Monday from a suspected dog fighting ring in Flint, have been euthanized.

We're told the dogs were in a severe state and unable to recover from their injuries - injuries they believe were sustained from fighting.

Sheriff investigators say a chocolate lab was used as a bait dog and two pit bulls were forced to fight.

Animal Control Chief Walt Rodabaugh says their injures range from broken bones to broken ribs and deep lacerations.

He says their injuries appear to be the result of dog fighting and also from human torture.

Rodabaugh feels confident they do have enough evidence to prosecute.

All five dogs were rescued from a home on Bishop in Flint after the Genesee County Sheriff's office was tipped off that a dog fighting ring was being operated in the garage behind the home.

Sheriff Robert Pickell believes a 14 year old was operating the dog ring in a garage behind his mother's home.

Pickell also believes there were others close to the teen who knew about it and participated.

Meantime, Rodabaugh says this is one of the worst cases he's seen his career.

"I see more than just evidence of dog fighting. I saw evidence of actual torture, especially towards the lab and we're gonna be discussing that further with the prosecutor and the detectives involved in the case," he said.

The 14 year-old, Deondra Keel, and his mother, Paris Cobb, claim the dogs were strays from the neighborhood. Dogs they took in and began caring for.

"Where's the kennel at? They said I had a kennel, fighting dogs and I had a ring, a dog fighting ring...I didn't like that," Keel said. "I just found some dogs and basically trying to take of care them and a stray dog came into the yard and I took care of them."

Inside the garage, sheriff investigators discovered what they call a makeshift fighting arena where they found mattresses and fresh blood.

"It's not even true. A ring and all that. My cousin end up putting stuff in my basement and in my garage, I let people store stuff in there all the time, that's how the mattresses got in there," Cobb said.

Right now, no charges have been issued. Just a short time ago, the county veterinarian's report was finalized.

As for the two surviving dogs, once they recover and the investigation is complete, they will be put up for adoption.

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