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33 dogs seized in N.C. dog fighting raid

What’s believed to have been one of the top five dog fighting operations in the country was raided Tuesday morning, and 33 pit bulls were seized.

The Duplin County Sheriff’s Department in North Carolina discovered equipment used to train dogs for fighting and a dog fighting ring during the raid at a home in Mount Olive, WECT in Wilmington reported.

Authorities arrested the home’s owner, Harry Hargrove, 76.

“This gentleman has been known as one of the top five dog-fighting operations in the United States,” according to Anna Ware, with Atlanta-based security firm Norred & Associates who assisted in the raid.

“We have evidence to support that its probably been a 40-year operation,” said Miguel Abi-Hassan, of the Atlanta Humane Society, which deployed an animal rescue team and a trailer to help evaluate and treat the dogs before transporting them to an undisclosed location.

The dogs found at the home were trained to fight and some are worth as much as $10,000 in the underground ring, investigators said.

Two veterinarians checked and treated each animal seized. Most of the dogs had scarring consistent with dog fighting, Abi-Hassan said.

Confidential leads from a tip line sponsored by Norred led to the raid.


Comment from Anna
Time April 14, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I hope there is enough evidence to sentence Hargrove and all involved to the fullest extent of the law. So glad to see that there is concerted effort being made to shut down these barbaric underground dog-fighting operations.

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time April 14, 2010 at 6:26 pm

I’m so glad they’ve put a stop to this, but will these dogs have to be put to death? I’m just remembering last year’s incident.

Comment from Laura Hudson
Time April 15, 2010 at 10:23 am

I ‘m glad he got called my heart goes out to the others who didn’t make it!! I hope that we can keep putting these people out of business!!