NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Mississippi say they found a dogfighting operation with about three dozen pit bulls, some that were chained to trees and some that were mutilated.
Sheriff Travis Patten tells the Natchez Democrat it could be Adams County's largest animal abuse case.
He says some of the dogs' legs were bitten off. One was missing its lower jaw. Some dead dogs were in plain sight, unburied.
Authorities were looking for Tommie Queen, the man listed as the owner of the 2-acre (0.81 hectares) property. An organization was called in to assess the animals.
Discovery of the dogs in Adams County on Monday came the same day that a sheriff in central Mississippi's Madison County said four men were arrested and 32 dogs were seized in a dogfighting operation there.