Police raid suspected dog fighting ring in west Columbus

COLUMBUS (WCMH) –CPD officers and SWAT converged on several west Columbus homes Tuesday morning, raiding a suspected dog fighting operation.

One raid happened shortly before 7:30am Tuesday at a home on the 300 block of Clarendon Avenue in Columbus.

According to Columbus police, 45 dogs were seized and 11 people were taken in for questioning at five different locations during the raids.

Video from Chopper 4 shows several dogs chained to kennel areas in the back yard of the home.

The Capital Area Humane Society and the Ohio ASPCA have also responded to the scenes and have moved the dogs to an undisclosed location where they well be cared for.

People who live in the Hilltop area say this kind of investigation is the last thing they expected to happen.

Nathan Noland says he’s been hearing a lot of barking in the past month, but didn’t ever think it would be related to a suspected dog fighting investigation.

Noland and another neighbor David Read say they though they were only breeding puppies.

“Anytime one dog would bark rest of them will get to barking, you could tell there was just a lot of dogs back there,” says Noland.

Read says he’s glad the investigation is underway.

“I don’t want to see dogs get hurt. I’ve got dogs myself,” says Read.

“Animals should never have to fight for somebody else’s money,” says Noland.  “That doesn’t make sense to me.”

Executive director of the Capital Area Humane Society Rachel Finney says the size and scope of this investigation was beyond what they could handle on their own.

“We needed more manpower and quite frankly more resources be able to pull off an investigation of the size,” says Finney.

She says it’s the largest dog fighting investigation her organization has ever been involved in.

“There’s absolutely no winners in dogfighting. It is a devastating, devastating thing,” says Finney.

She says the dogs seized today will be treated with the best care possible.

“I do want to be clear, dogfighting is an issue in Columbus, Ohio and it took a lot of work to pull this investigation together, says Finney.

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