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Judge to decide fate of fighting dogs

Lauderdale County investigators seized 13 dogs during an investigation into a dog fighting ring. Lauderdale County investigators seized 13 dogs during an investigation into a dog fighting ring.
Two people face charges in connection to the investigation. Two people face charges in connection to the investigation.
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

A Lauderdale County judge set a hearing date to determine if dogs seized during an dog fighting ring investigation should be put down.

Lauderdale County investigators report finding thirteen pit bulls on a property on County Road 41. Investigators say the dogs were chained to car axles.

Investigators also report finding bones in a burn pile at the back of the property.

A motion filed in Lauderdale County Circuit Court request a judge hold a hearing to determine if the dogs need to be "humanely destroyed due to disease, injury, or lack of useful purpose because of training or viciousness."

The motion also requests the suspects pay for all costs involving the dogs.

Dereus Lamar Qualls and Quinton Lashawn Butler were arrested and have been released on bail.

The hearing is set for July 8.

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