Unclear who owns land where dogs were found

Published 2:39 am Saturday, September 7, 2013

It remains unclear who owns the Covington County property where five dogs were found Wednesday night.

The animals – all adult American Pit Bulldogs – were found on a piece of property about 10 miles from the scene on the Coffee County side of the Covington/Coffee county line, where authorities conducted a multi-state dog fighting raid less than two weeks ago.

Clark Morris with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Montgomery said Friday there was no house on the property, while a spokesman from the U.S. Humane Society said the animals are now in an undisclosed location receiving treatment.

“You’d be surprised,” the spokesman said. “Owners will go to great lengths to get the animals back, so for their safety and our safety, we don’t disclose the animals’ location.”

The spokesman said one of the dogs required a brief hospitalization, but that all the animals are now resting comfortably.

“They were suffering from fleas and parasites, and all of them had wounds and injuries,” he said of the dogs. “But, they’re in a temporary shelter, and all seem to settling in nicely.”

In total, 10 people were arrested in the raid – including two Elba residents – and the investigation is ongoing.