Hillsborough County deputies broke up a suspected dog-fighting operation in Seffner and arrested a man who they believe is at least partially responsible, investigators said Friday.
Deputies said they seized seven pit bulls, including one puppy, and charged Conrad Warren with several counts of animal cruelty and dog fighting.
Investigators told FOX 13 News a tip led them to Warren's home, where they found the animals chained to stakes, and at least one with fresh injuries.
"It's terrible. It shouldn't happen. It's unacceptable," said Ron Spiller, with Hillsborough County Code Enforcement, speaking for Animal Services. "They're innocent animals really that are being taken advantage of and being caused to do things that they don't want to do."
Detectives said they found a treadmill used for training and a pen, likely used to stage the fights.
The dogs range in ages from 3 months to 6 years old. They're all expected to survive, although one might have some broken bones. Spiller said the biggest issue in the dogs' rehabilitation might be their demeanor; some are scared or aggressive.
According to the sheriff's office, Warren told investigators the pit bulls belonged to someone else and that he was only taking care of them; he said he didn't know where the injuries came from.
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