Special Report: A Fighting Chance – Tuesday at 10:00 p.m.

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(WHNT) - Many of us have dogs as pets, and a lot of people consider them members of the family.

Unfortunately, not all dogs get to live under great circumstances.  That's especially true for 10 dogs in Jackson County.  Police rescued them from what they call a "dog concentration camp."

The dogs were caged, injured and lonely.  Their fate hangs in the balance of the criminal justice system.  The dogs' owners are charged with dog fighting, which is a felony.

In early March, Hollywood Police Chief Jason Hepler arrested the owners and rescued the dogs.  They've been living at the Scottsboro City Shelter ever since.

"It's tough to see something like that because when you walk by these dogs, they just look at you," said Hepler.  "They want you to pet 'em.  But they've got these marks from where they fought."

Now, they're fighting another battle -- one that can't be resolved for many months to come.

Watch "A Fighting Chance" Tuesday, April 30 on WHNT News 19 at 10:00 p.m. to find out what's next in the case against the owners turned dog-fighting suspects.  Plus, see the disturbing place the dogs could end up.

Also, would you be able to distinguish a pit bull from other breeds that have a similar look?
Test your knowledge by taking our online poll.  We'll reveal the results and the correct picture along with our special report Tuesday at 10:00 p.m.