CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say Animal Care & Control is waiting on the determination of legal ownership before temperament tests will be administered to determine if the dogs seized in last week's suspected dog fighting ring are worthy of adoption.
Last Friday, 27 dogs were seized by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department following a bust of a suspected dog fighting ring.
Authorities say the animals' injuries were consistent with dog fighting, and paraphernalia used for dog fighting along with a dog fighting arena were found on the property in eastern Mecklenburg County.
Several of the dogs were treated for puncture wounds and lacerations to the upper extremities, officials say, while others were underweight or were treated with topical antibiotics for wounds. Some of the dogs were also treated for internal parasites.
If the ownership rights of the dogs are forfeited, or the courts relinquish ownership rights to CMPD Animal Care & Control, officials will begin behavioral assessments to determine if the dogs are worthy or capable of rehabilitation and adoption.
Until the ownership of the dogs is determined, they will remain in the care of CMPDAnimal Care & Control.
Officials say a full time certified dog trainer is overseeing the environmental enrichment of the seized canines.
Melvin Smith, 46, and Lefonze Williams, 42, were charged with training animals for dog fighting and baiting, a felony. They bonded out of jail Sunday.