Nearly one hundred suspects scattered into the woods when sheriff's deputies responded to a wooded area off of Azalea Lane between Hawthorne and Interlachen, western Putnam County. Deputies responded to a call of nearby barking and yelling.
Deputies discovered two dogs fighting inside a lighted, wooden arena and found another nineteen dogs in the immediate area. No arrests were made at the scene but detectives later combed through cell phones, documents, and the thirty-nine vehicles left at the scene. Future arrests are expected. Section 828.122, Florida Statutes, makes it a third-degree felony to train animals for fighting, organize or own property where a fight takes place, wager on, or even attend an animal fight. Putnam County Animal Control seized the dogs but one dog was stolen back after a burglary at the animal control compound. Animal control is working with nearby rescue groups to find the dogs suitable homes.
Cindy Swirko & Greg Hamilton, "Deputies discover dogfighting operation in Putnam County," Gainesville.com, Dec. 22, 2015, found at http://www.gainesville.com/article/20151222/ARTICLES/151229938?tc=ar.