Teens Charged In Two Pit Bull Fighting Cases

There are more cases of dog fighting involving Pit Bulls here in Eastern Carolina.

Three teenagers now face felony dog fighting charges in two unrelated cases in Wayne County this past summer.

They are a 14 year old and two 16 year old boys. Deputies say the two 16 year olds were 15 at the time of the crimes and are being charged as juveniles.

Animal control says in the first case investigators confiscated photographs of the actual fights. Three Pit Bulls were taken from the home on Will Anderson Road in Dudley on July 16th.

The other case started in September 15th when officers went to a location on Stanley Chapel Church Road in Dudley. Officers say they found injured dogs, equipment for wound care, old surgical gloves, needles, and syringes. Seven Pit Bulls were confiscated.

"This is a horrible crime against animals. It is amazing to me that people who participate in this criminal activity actually perceive this as a form of entertainment and have no remorse", Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said.

Animal Control director Justin Scally explains these investigations often can take more time to complete as they want to make sure the cases don't get dismissed in court.

In an unrelated case, Scally also filed charges on another teen last week. The 13 year old girl is charged with two counts of animal cruelty for torturing a family pet.


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  • by Pitt Lover Location: Greenville on Feb 3, 2009 at 07:10 PM
    Many people say that pitts are the only dogs that are raised to fight. They were never raised to fight, they were raised to run and handle large cattle. So of course they needed to be strong. Its people who teach them what to do to other dogs. You always hear about pitts fighting other dogs and thats sad but true. You rarely hear about them attacking people. But if a lab or other kind of dog bit a person you would never hear about it on the news. I have an ex-coworker who was bit in the face by a small dog out of anger but do you think everyone was talking about that and do you think they were ready to put down or band all the dogs of that small breed. NO. It makes me so mad. I have two pitts that stay right inside with me and they would never hurt anyone. You wounder why? I didn't teach them to. Duh its not the dog people its the owner. I don't know why thats so hard to understand. Not all of even most pitts are mean. I want to know just like everyone else, where were the parents.
  • by Lauren on Feb 3, 2009 at 05:59 PM
    Thanks Dwight. I appreciate your knowledge of the breed. thetruthaboutpitbulls.com
  • by jerry Location: greenville on Feb 3, 2009 at 01:31 PM
    I had a mix Pit one time.He had a lot of love in him.He did not any one breakin the house. It is the poeple that make these dog fight. They ought to make every one that get arrest go and keep the amial sheler clean and there parents for one year. he was very
  • by Jennifer Location: Washington on Feb 3, 2009 at 09:24 AM
    These people make me sick!!! I can't understand why anyone would want to hurt any human being or any animal. It just makes me want to puke. When I looked at those poor dogs on the video, it made me cry. One day the good Lord will take care of all these mean evil people.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 3, 2009 at 05:44 AM
    There should be an age limit and insurance carried on certain dogs. Make these parents be more responsible... sign something stating they own these dogs, and make them carry insurance. This is what happens when young boys see their "idols" ... rappers, sports figures, drug dealers... with pits and rottweilers. These dogs are a status symbol. And you are a big MAN when you fight your pits. What is the likelihood they will be famous athletes, or rappers? SLIM ... What's the chances they will be selling crack on the corners if not already? Pretty good! And why aren't these boy in some after school activity?... it's basketball season at school. Some are old enough to have part-time jobs. Make them go to a shelter and clean up animal waste until they turn 18.... that's only if the get probation.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2009 at 04:43 AM
    I believe they should be charged as adults. If not, charge their parents. Parents of these young monsters should be held accountable for their kids actions.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2009 at 04:20 AM
    I'm sure Michael Vick is their hero role model. I am a dog lover, (who would never own a pit). But it's a crime to use and animal like this. Lock them up.
  • by JT Location: Willamston on Feb 3, 2009 at 02:18 AM
    They need to be charged as adults. With all the hype surrounding this activity, they knew what they were doing. Please come to martin county and break up the rings we have here!!!!
  • by D Location: Vanceboro on Feb 2, 2009 at 09:58 PM
    I agree one big problem with Pit Bull and other " Bad dogs" is the owners. But as dogs bred to fight they are much more capeable of doing damage than a mean poodle. In Kentucky fortunes are spent on Horses whose linage has already produced champions because the Horse people know thewir is potential in the blood. One would have to be an idiot to not know that some dogs are bred to be sheep hearders. Some are bred to be tiny house pets and others are bred to be guard dogs and others are bred to fight in Pits......
  • by Compassion? on Feb 2, 2009 at 07:39 PM
    Regardless of whether you are a fan of bully breeds, how can anyone look at the deplorable conditions these dogs are kept in and the condition of their bodies and not have any sort of compassion for their plight? They did not ask to be put in this situation. They did not ask to fight to the death. It is HUMANS who do this to them. Humans do it for greed, bravado and just plain ignorance. There is no good reason to enjoy this heinous blood sport - yet people all across the country are found guilty of it every day. What happens to them? MAYBE they go to prison where they have a roof over their head and food to eat. What happens to the dogs? They die. Will the people who are found guilty of the crime do it again? Absolutely! What does that say about humans? Humans have free will. These dogs don't - they are tied to a chain and killed when they are no longer an asset. Who are the real blood thirsty killers here? What a sad statement about mankind.
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