Police seized four dangerous dogs and fighting birds in a series of co-ordinated swoops on homes across Birmingham.
Officers found three pit bull terriers and a Staffordshire bull terrier along with animal fighting paraphernalia and training equipment in raids on three properties in Lozells and Small Heath.
Specialist police officers were checking whether the dogs were banned breeds. The dogs and birds were being cared for by the RSPCA where they were being monitored and checked by a vet.
One of the dogs had what looked like open bite wounds on its face.
Following the operation, dangerous dogs officer PC John Marsh said: “This was a very positive result in which we identified a number of dogs, some of which are banned because they pose a significant threat to members of the community.
“Not only are these types of dogs a danger to others, but they are also vicious to each other and in fighting will not stop until they are completely incapacitated.”
The raids were part of a co-ordinated investigation, code-named Snape, involving the RSPCA, police officers and the force’s new Dangerous Dogs Unit, set up to tackle the rise in dangerous dogs being seen on the streets of Birmingham.
Chief Insp Ian Briggs, of the RSPCA’s Special Operations Unit, added: “Most people think that dog fighting went out with the dark ages, but that simply isn’t true.
“There are still people out there who delight in training dogs only to watch them rip each other to pieces for their own vile entertainment.
“While these people continue to pursue their sick hobby, the RSPCA will continue to pursue them.”
Mr Briggs praised the public for their help.
“It proves how vital the public is in the battle against dog fighting,” he added.
Last year, police seized 160 dogs from the streets putting pressure on police budgets because of the cost of caring for them.