Dog Fight Ringleader Sentencing Postponed

The sentencing for a Duplin County man, who authorities say ran one of the worst dog fighting operations that they have seen in recent years, will be delayed.

Harry Hargrove pled guilty to charges against him in March. He now faces up to five years in federal prison.

Last April 35 pit bulls were confiscated and several other dogs were found dead at the man's Duplin County home outside of Mount Olive.

Hargrove was supposed to be sentenced in Federal Court in Raleigh on Wednesday, but the judge in the case has delayed that hearing. No new date has been set yet.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Deep Run, NC on Jun 27, 2011 at 02:39 AM
    I owned Pt Bulls when my children were small and they were loyal, loving and would protect my children til their death. I have also had other breeds and they were the same from collies, to bird dogs and they were the same they would protectand love. This man belongs in jail for taking a beautiful animal and turning into a monster, not every Pit is a lap dog and I don't want one around my "Grandkids" but they deserve better treatment than someone like this gives them.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2011 at 06:03 PM
    PURE IGNORANCE.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2011 at 06:03 PM
    PURE IGNORANCE.
  • by pit owner als Location: kinston on Jun 22, 2011 at 05:41 PM
    where do you nuts get your info?I've had pits for over 20 years and has never heard so much wrong info.i understand ppl fear what they don't know but to sit round and just make up stuff is just as sad as Harry for doing his crimes.i know the man and he's different and should be in a mental hospital but ppl don't do the sick stuff that you guys imply.
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      by duplin co on Jun 24, 2011 at 12:12 PM in reply to pit owner als
      i know harry too and i know how loyal those dogs were to him. he did treat them wrong and he does not need to be put in a mental hospital! he knew exactly what he was doing and he has done this before in another state! put him in prison!
  • by SueG Location: Greenville on Jun 22, 2011 at 02:26 PM
    What is the name of "the judge" who delayed the sentencing and why did he/she delay it?
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      by 250 on Jun 22, 2011 at 03:02 PM in reply to SueG
      EGG ZACTLY!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2011 at 01:24 PM
    Yep, they are working on a deal, he will walk.
  • by phil on Jun 22, 2011 at 01:14 PM
    You all can say what you want about all kinds of breeds, however; the pit is bred for fighting. I'm not even going to say sorry about what I said, you all know this is true. Get over it and start getting your pits fixed so the rest of us don't have to see any more of this going on. A Pit does kill and a Chi is not going to kill maybe a bite. Get real people, time to get rid of the Pits but not like this scum bucket is doing with the dogs. Even a pit needs to be loved and treated better then this man was doing.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2011 at 09:09 AM
    I am a Pit Bull owner. She is the most loveable, caring, timid animal I have owned. My chi is more "aggressive" than my Pit. You cannot classify all Pits as being "born and bred killing machines." It is HOW they are raised and the environment that surrounds them..... NOT the breed. I have know LABS that have attacked folks just as much as Pits. Get over it.
  • by Erin Location: Ohiio on Jun 22, 2011 at 07:43 AM
    Quit blaming the breed. They are amazing dogs and only do bad things when owned by bad people and crappy owners. Any dog is capable of what these dogs are if trained by their owner to do so. It's just sad that pits are used more because of their intense loyalty and drive to please their owner. Get educated before you blame the dogs. Blame man. Man in responsible.
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      by PitBullOwner on Jun 22, 2011 at 09:10 AM in reply to Erin
      Thank you, Erin, for being educated! :)
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      by clint on Jun 22, 2011 at 09:46 AM in reply to Erin
      No one below has made a comment blaming the breed. Don't be so touchy. That said if your pit causes any trouble you will be blamed as well as the breed. It's just how it is.
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      by Trainer on Jun 22, 2011 at 01:37 PM in reply to Erin
      Not entirely so Erin. Pits are more agressive as a whole and it is due to there lineage or breeding. The facts are that these dogs were bred for war, bull baiting and to fight other dogs. As such some of this breeding comes out, at times unexpectedly. Usually triggered by an unexpected stimulus that the dog may not have encountered before. Of course every dog is different but to ignore the pits breeding is flirting with disaster. Just be careful because society and the courts won't be on your side should an incident occur.
  • by CritterLover on Jun 22, 2011 at 07:16 AM
    Let him rot in jail!
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      by sue on Jun 22, 2011 at 08:28 AM in reply to CritterLover
      I agree, let him rot. He is no good.
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