2011-08-31 / For The Record

In Sardis

Police discover dog fighting operation
By Elizabeth Billips lizbillips@yahoo.com

Three abused dogs were euthanized after Sardis police uncovered a dog fighting ring.

Last Thursday, a barking dog complaint pointed officers to a heavily wooded lot off Bonner Street where three adult pit bulls were chained near a cinder block enclosure where they had apparently been made to fight.

“They had severe marks all about their bodies, along with other diseases like mange,” Police Chief Gary Jones said.

He believes the largest of the dogs was used for fighting and the other two, which were severely malnourished, were being used as bait dogs for training.

“One had been fattened to fight, and the other two were nearly starved,” he said, not- ing the deep wounds on their heads in various stages of healing. “They were letting the prime dogs fight and abuse these dogs.”

Officers also found a number of raw meat packages which are believed to have been discarded during training. “They’ll starve the dogs nearly to death then throw raw meat between them to make them fight,” Chief Jones said.


Three pit bulls were euthanized inlcuding this emaciated “bait dog,” above, and this fighting dog, at right. Three pit bulls were euthanized inlcuding this emaciated “bait dog,” above, and this fighting dog, at right. Animal control officers from Waynesboro and the state office seized the dogs and took them to a veterinary clinic for treatment; however, all three were euthanized due to the severity of their medical conditions.

Chief Jones said warrants are expected to be issued against a suspect whose name has not yet been released.

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