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Case ID: 20087
Classification: Fighting
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014

County: Davidson

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Michael A. Davis

What began as a drug trafficking case at a Bordeaux home turned into a suspected dog fighting investigation with 38 dogs rescued Tuesday.

Police said Michael A. Davis, 34, was arrested April 12 as one of six people allegedly involved in the trafficking of cocaine and heroin. As part of the drug investigation, detectives received word of the dog fighting.

A search warrant at Davis' home in the 3500 block of Pewitt Road revealed dozens of pit bulls restrained by heavy chains anchored in the ground, along with treadmills, a breeding stand and syringes that police say are used to inject the dogs with suspected steroids.

"Some of the dogs appear to be somewhat healthy. Some appear to be emaciated. One has open wounds," said Metro police spokesman Don Aaron.

A neighbor on Pewitt Road, 35-year-old James Jones, told Metro Animal Care and Control that he had been feeding and watering the dogs since Davis' arrest, and a search warrant of Jones' property revealed a treadmill in the woods and nearly $235,000 cash buried in the ground.

Police said Jones claimed the money was not his, and detectives believe the money was likely tied to the drug trade for which Davis is under investigation.

Jones was not charged with any crime.

Charges in regard to the suspected dog fighting case are pending a review by the district attorney's office.

Davis remains jailed in lieu of $250,000 bond on a felony cocaine charge.

The dogs were transferred to Metro Animal Care and Control, where they will be cared for.

References

  • WSMV - April 22, 2014

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