HALO Animal Rescue takes in 2 pit bull puppies suspected of being part of a dog fighting operation

PHOENIX - An animal rescue group is asking for the public's help to bring down what they believe is a dog fighting operation in the west Valley.

Earlier this week HALO Animal Rescue recovered two pit bull puppies they believe were forced to fight.

The four-month-old puppies are currently at the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control facility.

They were discovered wandering last weekend in the area of 83rd Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road when they were picked up by Animal Control workers.

Rescue workers say it was obvious from their injuries that the animals had been forced into dog fighting for quite a while.

"The age of these scars and these wounds, this has been going on for quite a long time for these kids so it's very upsetting to us as an organization, anyone who's involved in animal welfare," Jonathan McDonnel said. "It's just a very sad situation."

McDonnel is asking anyone who has information about who the dogs belonged to or who is responsible for their injuries to call authorities.

The puppies are not yet ready for adoption, but HALO says they will be in the future.

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