The Mahoning County dog warden is investigating two cases of animal cruelty, including one that may be the result of dog fighting.
On Friday afternoon, Dog Warden Dave Nelson rescued a pit bull from the former Colonial Inn in the 2900 block of Market Street in the city’s Uptown area. He said tips led his office to the vacant building, where they found the dog and as well as evidence of a dog fighting ring, such as straw on the floor and blood.
Nelson said there’s also been calls about people bringing dogs in and out of another vacant building located next to the former Colonial Inn.
The dog warden also is investigating after a dog was found Friday afternoon tied with a knot to a tree on Rush Boulevard near Hilton Avenue on the city’s South Side. Nelson said the retriever/shepherd mix also had wire clamped around its mouth, preventing the dog from opening its mouth or barking.
The rescued dog is now being taken care of by officials.
The investigation into both incidents is ongoing, Nelson said.