Four men were charged with criminal attempt to commit dog fighting in Gwinnett County, Georgia. The men are suspected to be leaders of a possible dog fighting and cock fighting ring.
Authorities seized 11 pit bulls, including three puppies, and 20 chickens from the house. The animals are at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.
Investigators had jail inmates dig the backyard of the house, and they found the remains of three dogs.
It is believed that the men have been involved in the operation for four or five years.
“It’s completely sick, it’s completely barbaric what they were doing to those animals. And, I mean, the message that we want to send to people in Gwinnett County is if you’re fighting dogs in Gwinnett County, we’re coming for ya,” said a Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman.
Sheriff Butch Conway of Gwinnett County offered to pay $10,000 of his own money for information about dog fighting activity in the area.
Due to his reward offer, the sheriff’s department received about 15 tips and opened two or three investigations. When the $10,000 has been paid, Sheriff Butch Conway will raise another $10,000 from private donors, so people will continue to bring in tips.
The investigation continues and more charges and arrests could follow.
Also, the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association announced this week a statewide reward program for information on people involved with dog fighting in Georgia. The association will pay up to $2,500 for information that leads to a conviction on dog fighting charges.
Source: 11 Alive