LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) - Twenty-two people have been arrested here after authorities broke up an organized pit bull terrier fight involving participants from six states, officials said.
Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said deputies received a phone call at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday informing them of a dogfight just north of Lebanon. The property belongs to Gordy Graves Jr., one of the 21 adults and one juvenile arrested, Ashe said.
Charges filed against the group include animal cruelty, using animals to fight, gambling and evading arrests. Ashe said admission was being charged and that approximately 40 people were at the scene when deputies arrived. Several apparently escaped into nearby woods, he said.
Fifteen cars from six states were seized, along with five dogs, Ashe said. Two dogs were found dead. Deputies also found several trailers on the property with equipment such as dog treadmills that might be used for training.