Deputies Find Pit Bull Ring During Shooting Investigation

Craven County deputies say have uncovered a Pit Bull ring during their investigation into a shooting Wednesday night. They believe that shooting is connected to the dog ring ring.

It happened on Mile Road, that's just inside the Craven County line, along Highway 17 North of New Bern.

Today deputies brought animal control officers to the property. There they found five Pit Bulls and one Beagle dog alive and another Beagle dead. Investigators are still trying to determine exactly who owns the property.

Deputies tell WITN News that Kevin Eure was shot in the face outside of his car. Investigators had originally thought Eure was shot in his car.

We're told the shooting happened during a gathering with some 20 to 30 people.

Deputies brought in tracking dogs to search for the gunman Wednesday night, but so far there have been no arrests.

Eure was transported to Pitt County Memorial Hospital where he is in stable condition.


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  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Jan 31, 2009 at 07:46 AM
    To:Anonymous on Jan 30, 2009 at 10:44 AM.... I went to http://www.sorryagain.com/... and I will admit.. some of the pictures were cute. It made me go to the kitchen and get some Sara Lee oven roasted turkey breast I just got from the deli earlier yesterday... and I gave my dog 2 pieces. She ate it really fast, so I'm not sure she even realized she ate something. She isn't a pit she is a rottweiler... but I think Bully said "thank you for that link just the same, I ate some food from the fridge". She misses her pit brother... Temper..2001..RIP
  • by KC Location: ECU on Jan 31, 2009 at 03:39 AM
    Ban the deed not the breed
  • by Lynne Location: Ayden on Jan 30, 2009 at 01:10 PM
    How many people love bulldogs? You know the breed. Uga, the mascott for UGA is one. It is one of the top ten breeds according to the AKC. They were bred for baiting bulls. They were agressive, mean, bad tempered animals. It was once thought to have ABSOLUTELY NO REDEEMING characteristics. The breed almost disappeared when bull-baiting went away. A few people decided there had to be more to them and responsible breeding and training has made them one of the best loved dogs. Those are the type of people and the chance that "pit bulls" need. Read up on the history of a lot of dog breeds and you will find that they were bred to attack/kill other animals. Even poodles were hunting dogs.
  • by Just me Location: Plymouth on Jan 30, 2009 at 11:20 AM
    Okay - I've read all the comments over the past few days about pit bulls and I just need to make a comment. My daughter has two pit bulls that live inside her house with her. When she got the first one I was not very happy - having heard all the negative things about these dogs. Now that I've been around them I realize that I was wrong. Now I'm not saying that pits can't turn on people or attack other dogs but I'm just speaking of my experince with hers. I have a cat that lives inside. When she brings her dogs home they run from my cat. Whenever I go for a visit they pile in my lap and see which one can lick my face the most. They are rowdy but loving and playful. I think any tpye of dog can be trained to be fighters - I agree that some breeds may be more prone than others - but I also know that hers are loving and gentle dogs. That's all I have to go on.
  • by karen cole Location: northampton county on Jan 30, 2009 at 10:34 AM
    i donot think they were fighting these dogs,they were pitiful,breeding them maybe,i have seen far to many like these around here and its a shame for the dogs to have to live this way,but alot of them do.please report to local officials if you see cruelty.it is not the animals fought!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2009 at 07:44 AM
    People should really educate themselves before commenting. Watch the video of these poor animals that want to live just as much as you or I. Animals need love too! http://www.sorryagain.com/
  • by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2009 at 07:21 AM
    http://www.defend-a-bull.com/truthaboutpitbulls.html
  • by Bambi Location: Vanceboro on Jan 30, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    These Animals weren't born for abuse, if this jerk didn't want to love & take care of them, he shouldn't have had them. The law should make people like him (them) be registered , with their names & last know addresses- just as NC requires sex offenders have to be. They should also never be allowed to be in the vicinity of any animals.These people are predators & should be treated that way! I would love to know how this dog fighting ring could have gone undetected. The road that this occured on is very short- dogs are very loud when engaged in a fight. Why wasn't this reported before now?!!!!
  • by Mary Location: Plymouth on Jan 30, 2009 at 01:54 AM
    Whoever owns these poor dogs need to receive the same treatment the dogs were given, chained to a stake, with little food and water. Or shot, put it to a public vote!
  • by Coach M Location: Rocky Mount on Jan 30, 2009 at 12:55 AM
    J: Listen. I know it is a owners fault how a pet is raised but to say that the Pit breed isn't dangerous is false. Why do you think they call them 'Pitbulls'? The breed was bred to fight. They are an agressive breed, period. And as far as your daughter never being harmed, there are cases where this has happened. I don't want my children to bear the scars of how I was wrong. Pitbull breed, thanks but no thanks. I just do not trust them.
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