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Dogs rescued from fighting ring recovering

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It was a year ago today that 60 dogs were rescued from a suspected dog fighting ring in Cheatham County. It was believed to be the largest in Tennessee history.

On this Thanksgiving Day, almost all of those dogs are spending their first Thanksgiving in loving homes.

Winnie was one of the dogs rescued.

"She was chained to a dog house and had to endure," said Ronnie Haslip, who owns Winnie now.

Winnie was one of 60 dogs rescued from a property on Buckeye Road in Ashland City.

Officials with Animal Rescue Corps, the international non-profit group, said then many of the dogs didn't have access to food or water and all needed medical attention, including Winnie, who may have been used for fighting and breeding.

Then there was Honor. Volunteers believe she was also used to breed and even had her teeth filed down so she wouldn't be aggressive.

Rescuers had to feed her peanut butter because she couldn't chew. Today she's doing much better.

Winnie was adopted and now lives on a Nashville farm with her new family.

We're told almost all of the dogs rescued that day are now living in foster or permanent homes across the country and are doing great.

Four men were arrested in connection with the alleged dog fighting ring. They were each charged with animal fighting and 60 counts of animal cruelty. They're scheduled to go to trial in February.

As for the 3-year-old pup Winnie, who's been through so much.

"She gets a lot of exercise," said Jeannette Haslip.

Other than a slight limp from arthritis, she has recovered.

"She loves to run. She did a 5K this morning," said Jeannette Haslip.

Five of the dogs who were rescued from the suspected dog fighting ring will be a part of Nashville's Christmas parade next week. They will be walking with the Nashville Pitties, a local rescue group which helped find homes for the dogs in the Nashville area.

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