SEFFNER, Fla.- Found with a bright red, bloody nose, the first dog brought into animal services got the name Rudolph. He had other wounds across his body and was one of seven animals rescued Tuesday following a dog fighting bust at a secluded home in Seffner.
Deputies arrested two men after discovering the injured dogs living in horrific conditions. The suspects were identified as 55-year-old Vannie Franklin and his nephew 41-year-old Russell Franklin. Both are facing a slew of felony charges including dog fighting, possession of animals used for dog fighting, animal cruelty, improper confinement, possession of marijuana, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.
Investigators say the property was clearly set up for fighting.
We had to walk about a third of a mile down a dirt drive just to get to the home where the dogs were found. Investigators say the dog fighting was happening so far off the main road it would have been impossible for neighbors to hear what was going on.
A woman who identified herself as sister to one of the suspects claimed she was unaware of any abuse...
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