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FIRST ON 3: Duplin County dog-fighting bust update

READ MORE: Duplin Co. Sheriff's Deputies raid suspected dog fighting facility

4/15 UPDATE: We were able to talk with Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace this morning and he gave us an update on this story.

Wallace says his department got the original tip that Harry L. Hargrove was running a dog-fighting ring on his property. He says the department had never investigated something of this magnitude, so he called the Wilson County Sheriff's Department for advice - and they led him to the Atlanta Humane Society and to Norred and Associates, which is a private investigating firm in the Atlanta area.

He also says Hargrove had only lived in Duplin County the last year or so - and was shipping many of his dogs to other owners. He said he can't confirm what AHS reports - that Hargrove was running one of the Top 5 dog-fighting rings in the country.

He says he also doesn't know where the rescued dogs are, but that they're still in the care of the AHS.


4/14 UPDATE: We wanted to follow-up on this story today, but have run up against some interesting roadblocks.

First, we checked in with the Atlanta Humane Society and the private investigators who helped initiate the raid to see where the dogs were and how they're doing. We were told that we could not see the dogs today, that they were at a secret location, and we were given very basic details as to their health. We were also told they were at that secret location so that others who fight dogs wouldn't steal them. We informed the Humane Society and the private investiagtors that video shot of the dogs inside a shelter would not tip anyone off to where they are - and that we would not disclose the location. They still refused to let us see the dogs.

We'll continue to follow this story - and let you know if we find out anything else.


4/13 UPDATE: Nadine reports Sheriff's Deputies have arrested 76-year-old Harry Louis Hargrove. Representatives from the Atlanta Humane Society tell her Hargrove's been fighting dogs for 45 years and is one of the top five dog fighters in the country. So far, they have found more than 33 pit bull and pit bull mixes alive on the farm. They've also found some dead. No word on how many. They also found medication, weights and treadmills. All in all, investigators say raiding an operation like this costs the Atlanta Humane Society $100,000 dollars.


The Duplin County Sheriff's Department is conducting a raid this morning on an alleged dog-fighting facility. The raid is expected to rescue 35-50 abused dogs and result in an arrest. Private investigators with Norred & Associates, an Atlanta-based security firm, are assisting in the rescue operation.

The raid is the result of confidential leads from a tip line sponsored by Norred & Associates. After verifying the initial lead, Norred investigators contacted the local law enforcement agency and together they conducted a joint investigation. As part of its pro-bono campaign to stop dog fighting, the Norred team has participated in 21 raids, resulting in 26 arrests and over 400 dogs rescued.

The Atlanta Humane Society has deployed their Humane Emergency Animal Rescue Team (HEART) and their fifth-wheel trailer to help evaluate and treat the dogs and transport them to an undisclosed location.


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was your point. Other than showing you can cut and paste; what was your point?

I was lost after the second paragraph.

If you look into the pasts

If you look into the pasts of many convicted rapists, murderers or other felons you will find animal abuse. Abusing animals is often the first way these sick people express their anger/hatered.

I am not assuming that Hargrove was any of the adjectives I used in the above paragraph. But I am assuming that a percentage of the people who expose themselves to dog fighting have had previous encounters with the law and are people you would not like as a neighbor.

There are millions of dogs in the United States without homes. If the Humane Society kills 40 dogs which were bred to kill I don't think the American people will suffer.

Keep breaking up these "black market" activities they only lead to more crime.

Police gazzette

As far as dog fighters and serial killers being compared most dog fight activity was done by police and elected officials back in the beginng and SOME now.
So much for that approach.

In fact records,fight reports and schedules were printed in the Police Gazzette for years.

If some one has the finances and land to have 100 pitbulls so be it.

This country is having a big civil unrest movement now because so called urban experts.

Not one of these so called bad men have resisted with violence when arrested.
Why dont you people go to afghanistan and stop those dogfights of the Russian wolf dog fights
bet the people ya meet there will understand your there to help.
Money and donations are all the HSUS is After.

and one finally comment, you

and one finally comment, you people make me sick do you know america is and was built on some kind of civil crime or another? retrace your lineage and i bet you you have kinfolk that had there hand in something illegal, and to the guy who stated that law inforcement officals were involved hell the whole concept of dog fighting came from a cop, he wrote the rules and everything Gabon Terron, look him up. do you like boxing? football, and any other contact sport? well dog fighting was then considered an equal sport. i do not condone dog fighting but i own and breed this great breed and have done my research on my animals. I blame 2 factors here, one is everybody doesn't need to be a pitbull owner, what would i look like selling a 65 year old woman a pitbull? and second thing is this breed was bred to fight, and guess who bred him? "we did" so how can you blame the dog, that's like when Sigfreed got attacked, they blamed the tiger and not his dumb but for trying to domesticate a wild animal...hummmmmmm