The Gaming Control Division received information that several fighting dogs were being kept at the Taylor property in Orange County.

Preliminary investigation reveals that the Orange County Circuit Court issued two search warrants yesterday, one for the Brian E. Denny property located at 2492 S CR 1000W, French Lick and the other for the Eli Taylor property located approximately seven miles southeast of Paoli on US 150. The search warrants were the result of a lengthy investigation by the Indiana Gaming Commission into complaints about illegal dog fighting.

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The investigation was initiated in August 2007 after the Gaming Control Division received information that several fighting dogs were being kept at the Taylor property. Over the course of the investigation investigators learned that Brian E. Denny also had several fighting dogs on his property.

During the execution of the search warrants officers located over 70 dogs, remains of dogs, and items commonly associated with animal fighting. All of the dogs have been seized, processed, and examined by the Humane Society of the United States and members of the Purdue University Veterinary Science Department.

Larry Rollins, Director of the Indiana Gaming Commission said, "The success of this investigation is the result of a lot of hard work and information sharing amongst several agencies. With the evidence obtained today from the searches Gaming Enforcement Officers will complete their case and forward it to the Orange County Prosecutor's Office for their review."

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Brian E. Denny, 39, of French Lick has been arrested by the Indiana Gaming Commission on a preliminary charge of being in possession of animals for the purpose of animal fighting contests a Class D Felony and on an unrelated warrant for Battery a class A Misdemeanor.