Police responded to a residence in Marianna Friday morning to search it for drugs and found much more than what they were looking for.
The home was busted for crack cocaine and as police continued their search of the residence, they found 21 dogs being trained to fight.

Police responded to a residence in Marianna Friday morning to search it for drugs and found much more than what they were looking for. 

The home was busted for crack cocaine and as police continued their search of the residence, they found 21 dogs being trained to fight.  According to the Marianna Animal Control, the pit bull puppies were being given steroids and vitamins to build up their muscles.  Police also discovered a raw deer hide and a treadmill, both of which are commonly used to train dogs to fight.

The Humane Society of the Delta responded to the scene and was able to rescue all 21 dogs from the Marianna residence.  The Helena World met the HSD at the Delta Regional Animal Hospital where veterinarian Holt Pittman examined the dogs.  

According to the HSD’s Gloria Higginbotham, the humane society took in thirty new dogs over the past week, including the 21 from Marianna.  Higginbotham told the Helena World, “We can’t foster these dogs out nor can we adopt them until after the trial.”  She continued, “We really need financial assistance to help take care of these animals.” 

Citing that Marianna had no place for the dogs, “We have to pay for the vet bill and food for all of them.”