17 dead dogs dumped in trash bags linked to dog fighting ring

More than a dozen dead dogs were found, inside garbage bags, dumped in the middle of the street. Flint Police say this discovery is likely linked to a dog fighting ring.

Police Chief James Tolbert says heâ??s very confident the dogs were used for fighting because they all had injuries that are consistent with dog fighting.

The 17 dead dogs were found in the 1200 block of Rankin Street Monday. What police are working on now is finding those behind this operation.

"This is the kind of behavior that can't be tolerated and we defiantly can't be dumping these carcasses out in the street,â?? said Chief James Tolbert, Flint Police.

For organizations like PAWS Animal Rescue, they say it's hard to stomach why anyone would hurt animals like this.

"It's heartbreaking. I mean we see it every day and there are so many sad things that we can not do anything about,â?? said Glenda Beatty, PAWS Animal Rescue.

"They don't look at dogs as having any kind of pain or suffering,â?? said Glenda Beatty, PAWS Animal Rescue.

Flint Police Chief James Tolbert says he knows why people are doing this but it doesn't make it right.

"There's a lot of money spent on dog fighting so there is some incentive there to do that but we want to make it clear that we're not going to tolerate it here in Flint,â?? said Tolbert.

Chief Tolbert says they have some leads they're following, but they still need the public's help to solve this crime. Heâ??s asking those tips to be called in to 1-800-SPEAK-UP.