Grand jury indicts Nashville man on 30 charges for dog fighting ring

Grand jury indicts Nashville man on 30 charges for dog fighting ring (Image 1)
Grand jury indicts Nashville man on 30 charges for dog fighting ring (Image 1)

The man accused of running a dog fighting ring from his north Nashville home has been indicted by a federal grand jury on 30 charges.

Michael Davis now faces 27 counts of animal fighting, felony charges, and three counts of animal cruelty, misdemeanor charges.

Davis was first arrested April 12 in connection to a large-scale heroin and cocaine trafficking bust. Dogs and evidence of dog fighting were discovered at his Pewitt Road home during his arrest.

Authorities executed search warrants on the residence 10 days later and ultimately seized 38 dogs.

SLIDESHOW: Photos from the scene

Many of the dogs had scars and open wounds but have since recovered and gone through behavioral assessments to be adopted.

In addition to the animals, officials found treadmills and other items typically used to train dogs to fight, including syringes likely used to give the animals injections.

Over $234,000 in cash was also found in a bag in the woods behind the Pewitt Road home. Police believe it was connected to the drug case.

A second homeowner on Pewitt Road, Brandy Harper, was also charged in the case with one count of animal fighting and three counts of animal cruelty.

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