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What will become of seized dogs?

Gerard Anderson has lived across the street from the house at 702 Colombia Street for almost 20 years Gerard Anderson has lived across the street from the house at 702 Colombia Street for almost 20 years
BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

Bainbridge police are trying to figure out if dozens of dogs they seized were involved in dog fighting.

An officer noticed the large number of dogs at two homes Saturday. Officers say some of the dogs had injuries that could have come from dog fighting. No charges have been filed, but police seized 40 dogs as they continue their investigation.

A neighbor who lives near both of the homes, says he always saw one of the owners walking the dogs but never suspected anything illegal was going on. Gerard Anderson has lived across the street from the house at 702 Colombia Street for almost 20 years.

"They are nice people I used to work with the guy who stays over there years ago," said Anderson. On Saturday, Sergeant David Cutchin was out patrolling when he noticed a large number of dogs behind the home.

"Just the cop came by and asked if the neighbor was home, and he wasn't at the time," said Anderson. Cutchin noticed possible signs of dog fighting. "He was just viewing the dogs individually."

As Cutchin was looking at the dogs, he said he noticed some of them were bleeding and many were malnourished. "I don't know if they are locked up or not, I know he walks them a lot."

The officer noticed more dogs behind this house on Love Street that also had a large number of dogs.  Anderson says he is surprised that something like that could go on right across the street.

"It is a pretty quiet neighborhood; not a whole lot goes on, but that was surprising, because of kids in the neighborhood, and the idea that something like that could occur," said Anderson.

There are still many questions surrounding this case. A vet is currently evaluating each dog's condition. Bainbridge Public Safety's Criminal Investigation Division is investigating.

They say they expect to file some charges, but they have not yet determined what those charges will be or who may be arrested.

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