BALTIMORE (WJZ) –Police raid a house for drugs and they find dogs in there, too.

 Gigi Barnett reports that police are deep into a dog fighting investigation.

 City officers burst through the door of a house in Northwest Baltimore on Friday evening looking for drugs. Instead they found six pit bull terriers. The tell-all sign of dog fighting marked the animal’s faces, legs and ears.

 “They’re all emaciated,” said Jennifer Brause, BARCS executive director. “You can see their spine, their ribs. Some of them have very fresh wounds. Their faces are swollen.”

 In addition to the dogs — which include a 3-month-old puppy–police also seized a treadmill and heavy chains. It’s the equipment used to make the dogs fierce.

 “Another thing that they had was something they call a bite ball that hangs from the ceiling where they actually lift the dog up, have them bite on the ball and leave the dog hanging so that is strengthens its jaw and its neck,” Brause said.

 A neighbor who doesn’t want to be identified says the house was always buzzing with activity and dogs.

 “They were barking real loud,” said the neighbor. “I peeped out the window, and I saw them trying to let them fight each other.”

 Now the dogs are recovering at Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) shelter. Their dog fighting days are over. After an investigation, the shelters director hopes all of them will be rehabilitated.

“Overall, everyone’s doing pretty well,” Brause said. “They’re all very friendly animals.”

Police also recovered some drug paraphernalia. So far, officers have not yet released the names of suspects involved.

Donations to support veterinary treatment for these dogs, as well as other sick and injured shelter animals, can be made to the shelter’s Franky Fund.  Click here for more information.

Comments (27)
  1. lisa says:

    People who fight animals like this should be shot in the head. No need to keep those kind of people alive, they are worthless trash!!

    1. Jen Riley says:

      I agree, what f’ing animals. Useless and no need for this type of human on Earth, be gone with them. No loss.

    2. Gracey says:

      Totally agree! So happy the dogs will not have to be killed due to the creeps who treated them so badly

    3. Liz Lustig Mclaughlin says:

      YEA – YOU GOT IT!

  2. Kris says:

    Please stop the dog fighting. just love your animal. We need a law were u dont get a slap on the hand for the fighting. Its not fair to the animals they cant speak so let us do it for them.

  3. John says:

    Hey Lisa, people that fight dogs go on to be highly paid NFL quarterbacks.

  4. Mary Sweat says:

    we keep trying to save and rescue, and monsters keep trying and succeeding to
    seek and destroy!!! Why??

  5. TJN says:

    Come on wj whrere are the names and pictures of the criminals you know like ou did with the jewish article

  6. Juliane says:

    Again and again we continue to hear of these horrific crimes. when does it end and does it? Probably not because, even at my young age , I’e heard enough of this repeated over and over. What is done? Nothing!! People are either good or evil and looks like there are more evil in this world. Does authority even care? Well what is done to stop it? WHAT IS BEING DONE? Laws need to be enforced.

    1. Liz Lustig Mclaughlin says:


  7. Robin says:

    Those involved should be used for human experimentation. Or just hang them. No need for cold heartless useless “people” like them on this world. I’ll pray for those dogs.

  8. pigeon says:

    Can’t wait to hear “the rest of the story”. Just another “puppy mill”! Breeder my foot!

  9. pigeon says:

    Ooops – sorry people – put this on the wrong story.
    As for this one – let the dogs do to the people what the people have done to the dogs. Seems fair to me.

  10. bsh says:

    Pigeon, I get your point. But, I just want to say here; these dogs simply (but so desperately) want positive attention, to please & feel safe with humans… to be loved i.e. they would NOT instinctively do to these monsters that which was inflicted on them. That’s just one thing that makes pit bulls the most amazing, forgiving & intelligent type of dog on this planet. Everyone should be so lucky to have the privilege of adopting one into their lives. What humans can learn from these beautiful souls is endless…

  11. Pam says:

    It never ceases to amaze me, the amount of pain and grief that people are able to so callously inflict on those smaller and weaker, be it animal or human. Those worthless pieces of garbage deserve a lot more than current laws will do to them. I only hope and pray that KARMA was watching.

  12. Lady Anne says:

    We have had two pit bulls, one of which was a fight ring rescue. Sweeter, nicer dogs are hard to imagine. They are good with our cats, let our grandchildren climb all over them, etc. Thisi s NOT a vicious breed, unlike the humans who frequently choose to own them. I really wish the law came down a LOT harder on people such as Michael Vick and his ilk.

  13. rdnkkkgrl says:

    yeah they wont let us have chicken fights y have dog fights and chickens dont kill and mutilate people and babies the dogs do

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