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Published On: Sat, Apr 7th, 2018

U.S. Marshals Seize 63 Pit Bulls From Suspected Dog Fighting Ring

DODGE COUNTY, Georgia – Documents show U.S. Marshals seized approximately 63 pit bulls from a Dodge County home earlier this month. The Eastman home is part of a suspected dog fighting ring.

Xavier Simmons, Benjamin Shinhoster, Dwight McDuffie, James Lampkin, Deveon Hood, Joe Ford and Andre Archer have all been arrested and charged with dog fighting, according to Dodge County Sheriff’s. Additional charges are pending. All bonded out expect for Lamkin.

Documents filed in Dublin federal court say officers received a tip on March 17 about an organized dog fight taking place in Dodge County at 9 p.m.

GSP later initiated a traffic stop at 11 p.m., finding a pit bull with cuts and covered in blood inside a box. The owner admitted to attending dog fights that night at 2083 Rozar Goolsby Road in Eastman.

Agents then raided the home and found a dog fighting pit in the front yard that had been disassembled, according to the documents.

In the back of the home, agents found about 55 pit bulls staked to the ground by heavy chains. Nearby, they also discovered antibiotics and syringes for the dogs, and a treadmill with a rope attached to the front.

Authorities returned two days later on March 19 to execute a search warrant.

They found seven pit bulls in four grave areas. The dogs were lacking food and water, the documents say, and more training equipment was also discovered.

All the dogs seized from the home are now being treated by veterinarians.

The Dodge County Sheriffs office assisted in the raid last week and Sheriff Lynn Sheffield gave us a little more insight.

“One of them took the officers back to the scene, showed him where the ring was set up and showed him where the other dogs were located,” Sheriff Lynn Sheffield said.

People we spoke to in Dodge County said they have had their own dogs go missing and they have feared that it’s connected to dogfighting. Sheffield said he’s heard about dog fighting in Dodge for years and he believes it’s happening but they’ve never actually found a case.

“There’s always been rumors of dogfights, nothing on a regular base, nothing we have actually located,” Sheffield said.

Sheffield said that he was not aware of any dog fighting going on at Rozar Goolsby road and said if you think your dog was seized in the raid his office is working on setting up a phone line.

He also said people have called the sheriff’s looking for information on the 63 dogs which were seized by the U.S. marshals last week but he doesn’t know where they are. You can call the Oconee Drug Task Force who is helping with the investigation for more information at 1-877-448-4685.

Source: wgxa.tv

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