Authorities say they have broken up a dog fighting operation in northern Duplin County.
Sheriff Blake Wallace says thirty-three Pit Bulls, which were used for dog fighting, were seized Tuesday morning. Wallace says several other dogs were found dead at the home on Buck Hill Road, that's outside of Mount Olive.
Charged with possession of fighting dogs is 76-year-old Harry Hargrove, who Wallace says lives at the home.
Deputies also seized treadmills they say were used to condition the dogs for fighting.
Authorities say an anonymous tip lead them the house and they've been investigating the operation for several weeks.
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