Baltimore police uncovered a large dog-fighting ring in the Howard Park neighborhood late Tuesday while investigating drug activity in the 2900 block of Silver Hill Ave.

Police said Johnnie Taylor, 30, of the 2900 block of Silver Hill Ave., was charged with eight counts of animal cruelty and dog fighting as well as drug possession. Animal control officers rescued eight dogs and police seized training equipment used in dog fighting, along with medications, dog-fighting manuals and narcotics.

Police found the dog-fighting operation while searching the property for narcotics, police said. The drug enforcement unit had a warrant to search the residence.

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