MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis police were called to a North Memphis neighborhood for reports of a badly injured dog. While the animal couldn't be saved, they hope this incident will lead them to a bigger abuse case.
Shaun Armour lives just down the road from where the dog was found.
He said, "They fight the dogs, then the dogs die or whatever. And they just get rid of them."
This weekend, animal rescuers and police faced a difficult case. They got reports of a dog with its face ripped off near the intersection of Wells Station and Berkshire.
Corey Sutton works with animal rescue groups all across Memphis.
He said, "We actually talked to a resident who said the dog was on their property and the dog was used for fighting."
Sutton and Police went to a house on Berkshire and found what they're calling a dog fighting arena setup in the back yard. WREG tried to talk to the owners Monday, but no one came to the door.
Sutton said the area showed the typical signs of dog fighting.
"Very high fencing and massive chains," he said.
Sutton says the dog suffered from bite marks and ripped up ears.
Animal rescue groups call this trend is a problem across the city, not just the bad neighborhoods. Sutton says it won't stop until the city ups the punishment for this crime.
"Jail time instead of a fine. Not being able to have an animal ever again," Sutton said.
The Memphis animal shelter holds classes to teach you the signs of animal fighting so you know what to look for. You can donate to the reward by calling Crime Stoppers and saying your donation is for "Justice 4 Memphis."