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13 dogs seized in alleged dog fighting ring

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A Beaumont man could be facing dog fighting and drug charges after 13 dogs were seized from his home Thursday.

The Drug Enforcement Agency, arrested Timothy Dudley, 35, for unrelated charges, but upon searching his home agents found dogs chained in the back yard living in poor conditions. Beaumont Police and Beaumont Animal Services were called to seize the animals.

Police said all of the dogs appeared to be Pit Bulls that ranged from four week old puppies, to four year old dogs and most of the animals had injuries that they believe is consistent with dog fighting.

Police also seized a dog treadmill, weighted harnesses, bite sticks and syringes in the home which they said is all equipment used for dog fighting.

Beaumont Services Supervisor Matthew Fortenberry said dog fighting is a horrible hobby that is falsely called a sport.

"They'll have them fight each other and most of the time it's to the death and even if one doesn't die and it's seriously injured they just discard them," he said.

All of the dogs are being checked out by a vet who will treat the animal’s injuries and determine if their wounds are in fact a result of dog fighting, if they are Dudley could face charges of animal cruelty and felony dog fighting.

Custody would then be awarded to Beaumont Animal Services who will attempt to adopt them to safe homes.

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