SOUTH BOUND BROOK -- As officers approached the home on Edgewood Terrace in South Bound Brook, authorities said, the sounds coming from the basement were unmistakeable:
Dogs crying, barking and growling. People shouting, clapping and whistling.
Once inside, authorities said, the officers discovered a large, blood-stained fighting ring. Next to it was a bucket filled with bloody water and a blood-soaked rag.
Four pit bulls — all with facial injuries — were in crates. One dog had an injured leg. A fifth dog, its face bloodied, was locked inside a bathroom. The room was damaged, apparently because the animal trying to escape, Detective Sgt. Francisco Roman of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, said in his report.
Police, drawn to the house Sunday afternoon after receiving an anonymous tip about an alleged dog fighting operation, arrested five people on charges of ani
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