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Knoxville man charged with dogfighting after trying to reclaim dogs rescued from forest fire

Jeff Bobo • Nov 20, 2012 at 9:55 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Knoxville man who called the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Sunday to reclaim about 20 dogs that were rescued Saturday from the Short Mountain forest fire has been charged with dogfighting and cruelty to animals.

Firefighters located the suspected dogfighting operation Saturday evening west of Rogersville as the forest fire line began descending down the south side of Short Mountain at Tater Hill Road.

The property was located about 300 feet from the top of the mountain in an area accessible only by four-wheel drive vehicles. It belongs to Hawkins County native Charvez Nelson Francisco, 50, 3820 Proffit Lane, Knoxville.

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