Dog fighting ring exposed in Wayne County

A dog fighting ring was found in Wayne County. According to Sheriff Jody Ashley, after receiving an anonymous phone call, officers from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department went to the property Sunday afternoon and estimated that about 15 to 20 dogs were chained up there and being used for sport.

When they arrived at the property off of Lacey Drive, Ashley said he found a make-shift fighting pit with an injured dog inside. When Ashley returned on Monday with the Southern Cross Animal Rescue, only nine dogs remained and they believe that the rest were removed overnight. However, when investigators returned to the property with Southern Cross Animal Rescue, they found that several dogs had been removed overnight. Randy Summerall was arrested on the property and charged with tampering with physical evidence.

“This type of activity will not be tolerated in Wayne County,” said Sheriff Ashley.

Multiple deceased dogs were also found just down a path from the mobile homes. Laurel’s Southern Cross Animal Rescue took nine dogs into their shelter for vaccines and assessments and then transported them to a local vet clinic for temporary boarding.