Man Found With 55 Pit Bulls Posts Bond

Onslow County authorities say a man charged with drug and animal cruelty offenses is out of jail.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office says Lethen Pollock posted bond Friday afternoon.

Deputies say they found more than 50 pit bulls when they were searching for drugs.

Pollock has been charged with cruelty to animals, mistreatment to animals, and failure to vaccinate dogs.

Deputies believe Pollock was raising the dogs for fighting purposes. Some were secured with logging chains, Sheriff Brown says, to make them more muscular.

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A man arrested last week for having a marijuana growing operation is now facing animal cruelty charges.

Onslow County deputies say they found more than 50 pit bulls when they were searching for drugs.

Lethen Pollock is now charged with cruelty to animals, mistreatment to animals, and failure to vaccinate dogs.

Deputies believe Pollock was raising the dogs for fighting purposes. Some were secured with logging chains, Brown says, to make them more muscular.

Animal control says their investigation revealed 55 pit bulls kept on the property.

They say none of the dogs are sick or injured, but one was born with cherry eye syndrome. Authorities say the charges against Pollock are because some of the dogs lacked proper shelter, they did not have proper food or water, they were living in their own waste and the dogs were not vaccinated.

Animal control says since the dogs were discovered last week they have seen a vast improvement in the condition of the kennels.

Pollock has a court date of September 29th.


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Onslow County authorities say they have found 51 pit bulls at a home northwest of Jacksonville in what the sheriff calls a "gruesome scene".

Deputies say they also discovered a marijuana field on the property.

Lethen Pollock has now been charged with several drug charges. The 37-year-old man is in jail on a $105,000 bond. Deputies say any animal cruelty charges would be brought by animal control officers.

Sheriff Ed Brown tells WITN News the dogs were found behind a home on Gray Town Road, deep in the woods. He said they spotted the animals from a Highway Patrol helicopter.

The sheriff’s office says had it received a number of complaints about pit bulls being kept and about marijuana grown in that area.

Deputies say they found 54 marijuana plants inside a shed. Those pot plants are worth an estimated $100,000 when harvested.

According to deputies, most of the pit bulls had logging chains on them so they could become muscular. Deputies believe Pollock was a breeder who supplied for them for fighting purposes.

"It's a crying shame that these dogs had to live in these conditions," Sheriff Brown told WITN News.

Deputies say Pollock doesn't actually live on the property where the dogs were found, but nearby. For now animal control is leaving the dogs on the property and will be feeding the animals. They have ordered the property owner to stay away from the dogs.

Some of the 51 dogs looked sick and injured, according to the sheriff. He said it appears the dogs were only getting rain water to drink. Sheriff Brown said one of the dog's faces appeared to have been torn off and had grown back.

Right now deputies are trying to figure out what to do with the dogs since the animal shelter doesn't have room for them.


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  • by To: ~ALPHA idiot~ on Sep 23, 2009 at 05:20 AM
    Can we ban those with low mental capacity as well?
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Sep 23, 2009 at 12:03 AM
    Somethings are just born wrong. Pits are born bad, just like all country music is terrible. That's just the way it is! Ban pits, country music, cowboy boots, and tight jeans on white men..
  • by L WORD Location: HAVELOCK on Sep 22, 2009 at 11:03 AM
    YOU SAID IT illegal and malicious purposes won't stop at a ban. look up the problems after the miami ban on pits .... [ Report Abuse ] THAT'S WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE REPORT METH CRACK AND EXTACY THANK YOU ASA BUCK FOR THAT BUST IN HAVELOCK LET'S CLEAN IT UP YOU SHOULD OF SET UP THE BUYER'S TOO
  • by TO WAYNE AND ANGEL!!!!!! on Sep 22, 2009 at 09:26 AM
    read this wayne, YOUR LITTLE CUDDLEY ANKLE BITERS ARE CHILD KILLERS!!!!!!!!! http://www.igorilla.com/gorilla/animal/2001/pomeranian.html OMG!!!!! KILL ALL POMERANIANS!!!!!!!!! THEY ARE EVIL!!! THEY WILL ATTACK WITH NO MERCY!!! ALL OF THEM! BAN THEM! how stupid does that sound? pretty stupid huh? one bad dog doesn't make you even think about killing all of these dogs, BECAUSE THE MEDIA HASNT PUT IT INTO YOUR HEAD THAT YOU SHOULD. you are a slave to the media, please learn to think for yourself. your words are appalling and your accusations false. let me ask you this..do you believe in banning guns as well? appoximately 400,000 children die a year from gun accidents and about 3 a year from pit bull attacks? WHERE DOES THE REAL EPIDEMIC LIE?????? banning these dogs will do nothing but hurt the good ones with good owners. the people who use them for illegal and malicious purposes won't stop at a ban. look up the problems after the miami ban on pits
  • by L WORD Location: HAVELOCK on Sep 22, 2009 at 08:23 AM
    WOW I SEEN MANY PIT'S THAT ARE LOVING . THAT'S CRAZY YOU MAKE A DOG WHAT IT IS AND YOU WOULDNT BRING ONE IN YOUR HOME . JUST LIKE IF YOUR AFAID OF GAY'S OR LESBIAN'S YOU WOULDNT WOULDNT BRING THEM IN YOUR HOME TO PUT IDEA'S IN YOU KID'S HEAD YOU GET THE POINT .IF SOME DOG OR PERSON GOING TO CAUSE YOU HARM IT'S THE SAME .IM NOT TAKING STAB'S AT ANYONE BUT THERE GOOD OR BAD IN EVERYTHING IT;S HOW YOU OR IT'S RAISED ..
  • by To Angel on Sep 22, 2009 at 05:49 AM
    You're sadly mistaken. First off, the mouth and body structure of a pit are no different from any other dog. In fact, a pit has a weaker bite than many breeds. Secondly, Any dog can be agressive if taught to be. Pits are actually bred for thier loyalty, and lack of agression toward humans. And ALL shelters will take a pit, some just refuse to adopt them out due to the chance of them being used to fight. All vets offices, and most kennels are happy to see a pit come through the door. The kennels that don't allow pits do so because of thier tendacy toward animal agression. Nothing to do with any so called danger to humans. Learn a little about the breed before passing judgement based on what you've heard in the media. These dogs are just like any other, and actually less of a danger to humans in most cases. Any animal shelter employee, vet, or mailman will tell you, a pit is far less likely to randomly attack you than a lab, a chow, or a collie.
  • by angel Location: Mooresville, NC on Sep 21, 2009 at 09:04 PM
    Pit bulls are made to kill and they don't know the difference between another dog and a human if they are in the mood to kill. You can all say how wonderful they are if you want and even own one if you want but if you own a dog that maims and kills someone, it should be you facing those murder charges. You knowingly own a dog that has a history of killing and a mouth and body made for it and you let anyone close enough to that dog that he hurts or kills them just who do you think made the wrong decision here. A lot of kennels and shelters won't even take a pit. They aren't fools. They know what they can do. When your dog kills the child next door or turns on you or your own kids, then if my opinion you might as well have done it yourself. Sure as if you took a gun out and killed them yourself. I'm sick of people being so irresponsible. Animals are wonderful but not the dangerous kind. You wouldn't open the door and invite a fighting bull into your house would you? Get a clue
  • by Amy Location: Wilmington on Sep 21, 2009 at 12:30 PM
    I asked earlier and never received a response back. Are any of these dogs available to be fostered? I'm asking specifically about the puppies, who would be able to be raised in a good home and become wonderful, loving dogs. I may have some friends who would be interested in fostering until something else comes about for these poor guys. Wayne, I, again will have to agree with mcj and Dave. You're misconstruing fact and fiction. Learn a little more on the topic you're discussing and you may be surprised at what you find. You can't base all of what you're believing on media exposure. Learn some facts and use better judgement. Can you honestly not see when blame should be placed on irresponsible breeders and handlers?
  • by Anonymous on Sep 21, 2009 at 11:23 AM
    Kim, as far as dogs in rescue shelters go, pits, including those from fight rings, neglected backgrounds, and all. Have a higher percentage of passed temperment tests than most any breed.
  • by ?? Location: J-ville on Sep 19, 2009 at 08:03 PM
    I actually live just up the road from where all of this is and I just want to know if they're going to leave the dogs there and now that the owner has posted bail hes going to be able to go back and continue to do the same thing to them or what?? Also, there are always so many kids playing around in the road and walking over to that house, I think the cops should watch it better since they found all of those drugs and dogs and I'm pretty sure this isnt this guys first run in with the law!! I wish our legal system was better and would keep these thugs off the streets!!
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