The discovery of two dead pit bull dogs near a suspected fighting ring in Crawford County has led to three arrests.
Just before 6 p.m. Thursday, deputies arrived at the 1100 block of Hopewell Road, sending several people running away, according to a news release from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.
One building was set up with a fighting ring and the two dead dogs were found in another building, but it was unclear whether they had been fighting or were beaten to death with an object that was collected as evidence, the release stated.
The investigation led to the arrests of two Musella men -- 28-year-old Robert Wayne Durham and 22-year-old John Russell Cail.
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Jeffrey Bassett Armstrong, 25, of Lizella, also was arrested.
All three are charged with six counts of cruelty to animals and two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.
Seven grown dogs and two puppies were taken from the scene and are being held at an undisclosed location.
As the investigation continues, anyone with information is urged to contact the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office at 478-836-3116.