The Birmingham News reports that the Jefferson County sheriff's office got a call around 6:45 p.m. Friday about a fire in the woods.
Firefighters and deputies found what seemed to be an illegal dog fighting and training compound.
The dogs were chained to the ground.
At least eight intentionally set fires burned around them.
Fire and law enforcement officers used bolt cutters to free the dogs and carried them to safety.
Some received minor burns on their paws and some had cuts and scars from fighting.
Phil Doster of Birmingham-Jefferson County Animal Control says the dogs appear to be in good health and aren't aggressive.
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