Convington Police break up possible dog-fighting ring

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(Courtesy: Covington Police Department)

Covington Police say they made two arrests and rescued several dogs during a possible dog fighting ring bust.

It happened Monday just before 2 p.m. Covington police officer responded to a home in the cul-de-sac at the end Allen Drive after receiving a complaint. Two officers were joined by the Newton County Animal Control. Police say the officers heard loud barking coming from the property.

Officer approached and announced themselves to three men. Police say one took off with a pit bull in tow. The other two were ordered to tie their dogs to a tree and step away, according to police. The two men were placed into handcuffs.

Police later identified the men as Richard Cobb and Darrell Barber. Both men were booked into the Newton County Jail on felony dogfighting charges after declining to speak to investigators.

Police say the Humane Society of the United States offers $5,000 reward for information in dogfighting or cockfighting that leads to an arrest and conviction.