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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