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Rescued dogs have role in Nashville parade

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

One of the stars of tonight's Nashville Christmas Parade will be a puppy that was rescued from what's suspected to be one of the largest dog fighting busts in Tennessee history.

The group Nashville Pittie will have a number of its rescue dogs in the parade tonight, including one pulled from a major rescue effort in Ashland City last month.

More than 60 dogs were rescued in what's been called "Operation Broken Chain" and the number of animals involved is growing.

One of the dogs rescued just gave birth to a litter of puppies.

"I was actually on the property the day that they pulled them off," said Lauren Slattery of Caring for Rescued Dogs. "It's amazing how much she's changed. She's putting on weight, her coat is shiny again and her personality is coming out. She's happy and no words can explain what that feels like. It's just amazing."

A number of animal rescue organizations have taken the animals in. While most aren't ready for adoption, some of the dogs are now living with foster families.

Criminal charges may be coming in this dog fighting investigation.

The Cheatham County Sheriff's Office said this week they will present evidence to the grand jury early next year.

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