17 dogs, 11 dog skulls found at Jefferson County dog-fighting ring

MULGA, Ala. (AP) More than a dozen dogs have been rescued from an apparent dog-fighting operation where Alabama authorities found 11 dog skulls.

Jefferson County Chief Deputy Randy Christian tells AL.com that deputies responding to a complaint Sunday morning were met by a juvenile carrying an injured dog, and could hear what sounded like dogs fighting in the woods behind a home.

Christian says deputies found 17 pit bulls, four of whom had injuries that were indicative of dog-fighting. In addition to recovering at least 11 dog skulls, investigators found a ring with fresh blood inside.

A 42-year-old man who has not yet been identified was taken into custody. He’s being held pending formal charges.

Animal control has taken custody of the dogs.