FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA) - Fairfax County police have uncovered a suspected dogfighting ring in the Alexandria section of the county.
9News' Andrea McCarren was the only reporter on the scene as police collected evidence and seized animals from a home on Wednesday.
Police executed a sealed search warrant and uncovered a lot of evidence pointing to an illegal dogfighting operation.
One by one, over the course of three hot and humid hours, Fairfax County Police led pit bulls into waiting animal control vans.
They were male and female, puppies and adults. Some had been removed from padlocked cages.
Many of the dogs appeared frightened. Others, happy to be leaving the rambler at 4511 Tipton Lane.
The pit bulls were the last of the potential crime scene evidence to be seized. Officers carried three treadmills out of the house, as well as a device used to force breeding, harnesses and heavy chains.
That was preceded by several boxes and bags of apparent evidence.
The suspected ringleader faces only a single charge right now: being an unfit animal owner. But that could change as the investigation intensifies.
Police are not yet naming the suspect. He was arrested, charged and released recently on another, unrelated charge.