MCGREGOR (September 26, 2013)—Arrest warrants were issued Thursday for two men after officers responding to a report of an odor of decay found dead dogs including one chained to a tree in the yard of a McGregor home, inside of which evidence of drug trafficking was discovered.
The warrants charging animal cruelty and drug possession, name the homeowner, Charles Jones 63, and Brandon Smith, 29.
Officers were sent at around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to the home at 119 Rogers St. in McGregor after a caller complained about a smell of decay, police said.
They found the decaying remains of a dog in a trash bin and then discovered the decomposing remains of several more dogs chained to trees, police said.
Officers also found bones in a cleared field behind the house, police said.
Two live pit bulls were also chained to trees in the yard, police said.
They were removed from the home Thursday.
In a search of the house Tuesday, officers found small quantities of marijuana and cocaine, along with scales, packaging material, ledger notes and plastic bags containing residue, police said.
Investigators suspect, but have not yet established, that drug trafficking may have been tied to a dog-fighting ring.
They say neighbors appear to be afraid to talk to them, however.
“I think a lot of the individuals in that neighborhood are going to be a little reluctant because of the type of criminal activity that was going on,” an undercover officer who asked not to be identified said.
“Whether there was dog-fighting going on or either drug trafficking going on or a combination of both, I think those individuals are a little reluctant for fear of retaliation,” he said.
Officers also discovered Tuesday the water meter had been tampered with and that the residents were receiving service illegally.