UPDATE: Man charged in dogfighting investigation

NATCHEZ, Miss. (WJTV) - UPDATE (11/9/17): A Mississippi man is facing charges after authorities said they found a dogfighting operation on land he owns.

Tommie Queen is charged with aggravated animal cruelty and possession of a stolen vehicle. Maj. Jerry Brown of the Adams County Sheriff’s Department said Queen turned himself in Wednesday and was being held in the county jail.

Bond was not immediately set, and Brown said he did not know whether Queen is represented by an attorney.

Brown said veterinarians had to euthanize nine of the 49 dogs found on land belonging to Queen. Some of the dogs were mutilated, malnourished and chained to trees.

The discovery in Adams County came days after four men were arrested and 32 dogs were seized from a dogfighting operation in central Mississippi’s Madison County.

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UPDATE (11/8/17): A man wanted for questioning in connection with a dogfighting ring is now in custody.

Sheriff Travis Patten said Tommie Queen turned himself in Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities were looking for Queen after they said they found dozens of dogs on his property.

Authorities said more than 50 dogs were found. Many of the dogs were injured.

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ORIGINAL STORY: About 3 dozen pit bulls found mutilated in Mississippi dog fighting investigation

Authorities in southwestern Mississippi say they found a dogfighting operation with about three dozen pit bulls, some that were chained to trees and some that were mutilated.

Sheriff Travis Patten tells the Natchez Democrat it could be Adams County’s largest animal abuse case.

He says some of the dogs’ legs were bitten off. One was missing its lower jaw. Some dead dogs were in plain sight, unburied.

Authorities were looking for Tommie Queen, the man listed as the owner of the 2-acre (0.81 hectares) property. An organization was called in to assess the animals.

Discovery of the dogs in Adams County on Monday came the same day that a sheriff in central Mississippi’s Madison County said four men were arrested and 32 dogs were seized in a dogfighting operation there.


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