CHARLOTTE, N.C. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have arrested two men in connection to what they say is one of the largest dogfighting operations in the city.

Officials said on Friday night they received information that a home on Carelock Circle had multiple pit bulls in the backyard. Authorities said when they arrived they heard several dogs barking.

In a detailed press release sent to media outlets about the discovery, investigators said they witnessed several pit bulls...with large chains that were attached to spikes driven into the ground.

Authorities rescued 27 animals many of them displaying injuries consistent with dog fighting, officials said. Investigators believe they also found paraphernalia for dog fighting and a dog fighting arena were also found on the property.

Police arrested Melvin Smith, and Lefonze Williams. Both are facing felony training animals with the purpose of dogfighting and baiting.

Investigators connected with the case said based on the number of dogs and evidence seized at the scene, this location is one of the largest dogfighting operations the CMPD and Animal Care and Control have investigated to date.

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