published Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

McKamey Animal Center offers reward for dog fight information

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    A severely injured dog was found abandoned in the 5000 block of Dorsey Street after having been recently fought.
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An anonymous donor has offered a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for a possible case of dog fighting that is being investigated by McKamey Animal Center officials.

In mid-March a dog was discovered on the 5000 block of Dorsey Street, severely injured with multiple wounds indicating he had been fought lots of times, and area residents reported it to McKamey.

Animal Services Officer Swafford responded and discovered a male pit bull with numerous wounds from bites and possible broken bones. The dog was taken to McKamey for treatment, but because of the severity of his injuries, the dog was later euthanized.

Two weeks later, a female pit bull was discovered close to the Dorsey location with similar wounds and brought to McKamey for treatment. The female pit bull's injuries were not as severe, and she has made a full recovery. She has also passed assessments and remains at the animal center awaiting adoption.

Investigators are looking for leads and welcome anonymous tips or information on this incident. McKamey officials request that anyone with information contact them at 423-305-6509. Anonymous tips may be left at 423-305-6508 or e-mailed to

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