The animals were seized from Danny Wayne Bell's home in north Houston on December 22, following his arrest on drug charges.
BARC's chief veterinarian said the injuries to the animals were consistent with those experienced by animals that had been used for dog fighting. Several dogs had scarring over their bodies and one dog's upper lip had been partially torn off, resulting in the dog's inability to eat. The dogs had to be separated from each other and other animals to prevent them from fighting.
Dog fighting for entertainment, in which animals are trained to maim and kill each other, is illegal in Texas.