Foul smell leads officers to discovering drugs, dog fighting operation in McGregor

POSTED: Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 2:03pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 10:59am

Arrests are pending as officers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the discovery of what appears to have been a dog fighting operation in McGregor.

An unusual, foul smell led officers to investigate a house, located in the 100 block of Rogers Street on Tuesday afternoon around 2 p.m., after a caller contacted McGregor PD.

"Right away, as soon as they got out of their cars, they could smell the decaying odor," said Detective Joe Coy of McGregor Police Department.

Much of that scent was coming from the contents inside of a trash can that had  been placed out by the street.

"There was blood, maggots, dog hair. It looked like there may have been some sections of flesh and some body parts that belonged to a canine," said Coy.

The scene got even more gruesome as officers went to look around the cleared area behind the house where they found Pitbull dog carcasses, bones, and ropes.

"It could have been dog fighting. There was chains, ropes, a number of beer cans," said Coy. 

Inside the home, officers found marijuana, drugs, scales, packaging material, and other drug related items. Further testing will reveal exactly what type of drugs they are, to lead to an arrest.

"It was a little unusual to see something like this going on inside the city limits," said Coy.

Police say the occupants of the home had also tampered with their water meter to steal utilities. Charges and arrests won't be made until further investigation is complete. Coy says the department does anticipate making arrests in this case, and animal cruelty, drug, and theft charges could be filed.


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Why weren't they arrested on animal cruelty charges?!?!? This is insane. The evidence was right in front if the obviously. This makes me sick.

" Further testing will reveal exactly what type of drugs they are, to lead to an arrest. "

Were the carcasses still chained to a tree not enough? Only suspicion is needed to arrest people for a dui, yet they have to wait for drugs to be present to book them for animal cruelty. wow.

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