Dozens of Dogs Seized at West Tennessee Dogfighting Site

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Police arrested two men and confiscated 46 dogs, including many pit bulls in a raid on a Memphis home.

Authorities say many of the animals were malnourished, scarred and unvaccinated.

Arthur Bland and Walter Ward are being held on dog fighting, animal cruelty and drug charges.

Police went to the house after a witness told police someone there had a weapon pointed at him.

When police arrived, people started running.

Bland and Ward live at the house, which is in Ward's name.

Officials say the animals will eventually be destroyed. Pit bulls are not likely to be put up for adoption and they won't be returned to owners who are charged with fighting dogs.

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