Animal control officials say there are new developments in the case of an illegal dog fighting ring. Numerous leads have come in to the meridian police department and they are being pursued. Even watching dog fights is a felony.
Although there is at least one suspect, no arrests have yet been made. Last week, 14 pit bulls were seized by authorities at an abandoned house in meridian.
The dogs are now being cared for at the local animal shelter.
"We do have more leads. We're looking real hard into trying to get this case solved. At this time, the dogs are going to belong to Lauderdale County real soon," said Dewayne Sosebee, director of animal control.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at 485-1860.
In an unrelated case in Lebanon, Tenn., authorities say two more people were charged Tuesday for their roles in an organized pit bull terrier fight. It allegedly involved participants from five states, including Alabama. The Wilson County, Tenn., Sheriff's Office broke up the fight Oct. 26 after getting a tip. In all, 21 adults and one juvenile were arrested.