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Dog Fighting Ring Bust

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Sheriff Bryan Bailey calls it the biggest dog fighting ring he's ever seen in Rankin County, "I've never seen anything on this scale and it makes me sick to my stomach to see how these animals are treated."

 It happened at 141 Bee Summers Road.

When officials arrived, they found a dog fighting ring, generators with lights and equipment used to condition dogs.

29- year-old Nathaniel Cooper, 27- year-old Kyre Cooper and 28- year-old Sedrick Lyles will be charged with dog fighting felonies.

Cooper will face more charges for owning and training dogs with the intent to fight them, being a felon in possession of a firearm and violating the Rankin County animal control ordinance. 

 At least 18 people fled the scene with their dogs when officials arrived at the house after receiving a complaint about noise in the area.

"Not only do we have the dog fighting, but associated with that we got a felon with a weapon, we have all kinds of drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol; even a stolen car was up there," says Bailey. 
Three pitbulls were rescued and are now at the animal shelter.

Officials also recovered equipment used to train and condition fighting dogs such as a treadmill, weight sleds, vitamin supplements and needles. 

 
More than 18 vehicles with tags from surrounding counties were towed from the house on Bee Summers Road. 

 In order for the owners to get their cars back, a sworn statement must be given to the sheriff explaining why their vehicle was at the scene.. 

 
The Sheriff says it's considered a felony to attend a dog fight.

The rescued dogs are being kept at a no kill shelter in Rankin County.

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