The photos are heartbreaking; 80 dogs with varying degrees of injuries and open wounds were all seized last month in one of the biggest dog fighting rings ever busted in northeastern North Carolina.
A drug investigation was what led officers to the dogs in the first place, but a month later and there's still no dog fighting charges.
“We have not made any arrests on that as of today,” says Randy Cartwright, with the Pasquotank County Sheriff.
Cartwright says that's because a case is still being built.
There is good news though when it comes to the health of the seized dogs.
“The dogs are doing great. They're still being housed and taken care of. We are making some headway in that because it's tied up with another federal investigation and working through the legal system,” says Sheriff Cartwright.
The best news is that new permanent homes could be in the future for these dogs as early as next week.
“We're hoping with some more meetings this week to finalize that and start getting those dogs out to rescues,” says Sheriff Cartwright.