SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - An investigation is underway after dozens of dogs were seized from a home in Rowan County.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with the assistance of the Salisbury Police Department and the Rowan Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at the home, on the 1100 block Short Street in the City of Salisbury, on Wednesday.
Neighbors reported seeing investigators at the home for most of the day.
Officials say approximately two dozen dogs were seized from the home. The dogs were found chained, living in makeshift dog houses behind the home.
Investigators also went to a location on Kenly Street were more animals were found. No further information has been released about that location.
Law enforcement sources have told WBTV that the investigation centers on allegations of dog fighting.
As of Thursday afternoon, no one had been charged in the case.
The USDA, who was leading the investigation, has handed the case over to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
A representative with the US Attorney's Office did confirm that federal agents were involved in the execution of the search warrant.
While not speaking specifically about the Salisbury case, Rebekah Julian, DVM, from Lazy 5 Vets Animal Hospital says that she has seen evidence of possible dog fighting.
"Sometimes it's the owner's demeanor, they just don't want to talk about what happened, so they're hiding it, and ten you also see other battle wounds on the dogs, scars that have healed up multiple ones," Julian said. "And we've questioned them, wonder if this dog's been involved in a dog fighting ring just because of all the scars and wounds on them."
Dr. Julian says that cases such as this give a bad rap to pit bulls, and she says in many cases dogs involved in such situations can be saved.
"There's hope for some of them. Some of them there may not be hope for, but there's definitely hope for some of them," Julian said.