Published: Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 13:42 PM.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On Friday, officers with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department’s Hickory Grove Division and Animal Care and Control Unit made arrests in a dog fighting ring in east Charlotte.
Officers said the house on Carelock Circle has several pit bulls in the backyard. When officers arrived, they reported several pit bulls were tied up with large chains that were attached to spikes driven into the ground.
Upon arrival, Animal Control officers said they located evidence consistent with training dogs for the purpose of fighting.
Officers located a total of 27 animals on the property and several of the animals had injuries consistent with dog fighting.
Both paraphernalia for dog fighting and a dog fighting arena were also discovered on the property.
Melvin Smith, 46, and Lefonze Williams, 42, were arrested and are both being charged with felony training animals with the purpose of dog fighting and baiting.
Based on the number of dogs and evidence seized at the scene, this location is one of the largest dog fighting operations the CMPD and Animal Care and Control have investigated to date.