A search warrant was executed during the evening of Feb. 25 at the residence of Jimmy Jacobs, located at 3541 McLeod Road in Maxton, N.C. Twenty-five people were arrested on charges ranging from dog fighting and animal cruelty to being spectators at a dog fight. The spectators included North Carolina residents as well as individuals from as far away as Maryland and Ohio. In addition to dog fighting and animal neglect, weapons charges were made, along with possession of controlled substances. Tens of thousands of dollars in U.S. currency was seized, along with multiple handguns, various drugs and dog fighting paraphernalia. Special Agents with the N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement Division confirmed that more than 25 people were apprehended and charged with felonies.
The operation was headed by Special Agents from the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Division, who were assisted by the North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina Wildlife officers, the North Carolina Department of Corrections, the North Carolina Air National Guard and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Norred & Associates, an Atlanta-based private security company, and the Atlanta Humane Society provided additional support.
The arrests were made as the dog fight was in progress. Eighteen dogs were seized. Several dogs had serious wounds and scars from previous injuries. The dogs were treated on the scene by veterinarians from North Carolina and the Atlanta Humane Society.
Chuck Simmons, lead investigator for Norred & Associates, said he saw several people jump into a drainage ditch in an attempt to escape. “They probably didn’t know it contained water,” he said. “As cold as it was last night, they couldn’t have been happy campers when they emerged.”
Simmons said law enforcement officers were aided by helicopters with infrared detectors. “They were able to quickly apprehend suspects based on detection of their body heat.”
The North Carolina case initiated from a dog-fighting tip line that is operated by Norred & Associates as part of www.helpstopdogfighting.com, the company’s campaign to help stop dog fighting. To anonymously report suspected cases of animal cruelty, phone 1.877.215.2250. A reward of up to $5,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest or conviction of a dog fighter.
CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. — Carroll County investigators said they continued Sunday to search for whoever tortured and killed two dogs. The bodies of both chocolate Labs were discovered not far from their Bremen home. Read more…
SWAINSBORO, GA (WTOC) – An Emanuel County man was arrested and 18 dogs were seized in what lawmen called an “organized and coordinated” dog fighting and training operation.
Sheriff’s deputies and GBI agents arrested William Panick of Gar Road in Oak Park. Lawmen acted on tips from the Atlanta Humane Society and Norred and Associates, a private investigation firm. Norred has initiated 18 similar raids around the state with information from a confidential tip line, 877.215.2250. Read more…
According to Sheriff J. Tyson Stephens, Emanuel County Investigators, working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, East Central Georgia Drug Task Force, served a search warrant and one arrest was made for dog fighting on Gar Road in Oak Park.
Norred & Associates Inc, an Atlanta private security firm, initiated an investigation that began two months ago as a result of confidential leads reported to a dog fighting tips line sponsored by Norred. A coordinated investigation between Norred and the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office uncovered evidence supporting information of dog fighting. Read more…
GORDON, GA — Authorities said they seized 70 dogs and found the decomposed remains of several more Thursday morning in raids on suspected Wilkinson County dogfighting operations.
One female dog’s right ear had been nearly ripped in two, and both its ears were covered in what appeared to be dried blood. Nearby, a tawny-colored male dog staked out with a short heavy chain was so emaciated its ribs and vertebrae were showing. Those dogs were among the 57 seized from 5006 Ga. 57 near Owens-Shepherd Road.
Dogs found behind a house Thursday on Ga. 57 in Wilkinson County wait to be taken for treatment after law enforcement officers made arrests in suspected dogfighting operations. Below are other dogs found on the properties.
Another 13 dogs were seized from 113 Miller St. in Gordon, where Police Sgt. Andy Hester said the property owner didn’t know about the dogs being kept on his property. Read more…
Law enforcement officers searched two suspected dog-fighting operations in Gordon and Wilkinson County.
Wilkinson County Sheriff Richard Chatman says his office arrested 42-year-old Christopher A. Williams for cruelty to animals at a home off Highway 57. He says his deputies found more than 58 abused dogs living in the woods at the site.
Sgt. Andy Hester with the Gordon Police Department says about a dozen dogs were seized at a home on Miller Street in Gordon. He said many seemed to have cuts and scars. He also said the dogs appeared to be living in large plastic barrels with dirty or no water. Read more…
WILKINSON COUNTY, GA — Police in Middle Georgia have busted two suspected dog fighting operations. Police raided two locations in Wilkinson County and found 70 dogs. They discovered the remains of 6 to 7 additional dogs in the woods. The surviving animals were taken away by the Atlanta Humane Society. Officials there say they showed signs of abuse.
Police received tips from Norred, an Atlanta security company which operates a tip line for dog fighting rings. Norred investigator, Chuck Simmons says they received an anonymous tip. Read more…