Deputies raid alleged dog-fighting operation

April 13, 2010 10:23:59 AM PDT
Deputies raided a suspected dog-fighting operation in Duplin County Tuesday morning.

Officials said they rescued 35 abused animals and arrested 76-year-old Harry Hargrove of Buck Hill Road in Mt. Olive after receiving a tip from an animal abuse hotline.

Also found was a fighting ring and training materials. Several dogs were discovered dead on the property.

Hargrove faces felony charges.

Private investigators with the Atlanta based security firm Norred & Associates were assisting in the investigation. Norred runs a campaign to stamp out dog-fighting in the Southeast and runs the website www.helpstopdogfighting.com.

The Atlanta Humane Society has sent its Humane Emergency Animal Rescue Team (HEART) and a trailer to help evaluate and treat the dogs seized in Duplin.

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