Charges have been brought in a suspected dog fighting operation that was discovered in Pamlico County.
Deputies today arrested Cody Ushry, Jr. on one count of felony cruelty to animals and one count of dog fighting.
Thursday authorities say they found 17 pit bull-type dogs on Ushry's property on Florence Road. Lawmen say they also found suspected dog fighting paraphernalia.
The raid was conducted by the Pamlico County Sheriff's Office and the Humane Society of the United States.
More than a dozen dogs were seized at a suspected dog fighting operation in Pamlico County.
The Humane Society of the United States says the raid happened at a home on Florence Road in Merritt where they seized 17 dogs and also found suspected dog fighting paraphernalia. This morning's raid came after a three-year investigation by the Pamlico County Sheriff's Office.
The animals are being taken to an undisclosed location where they will be cared for and provided with enrichment. “Dog fighting and this type of cruelty to animals will not be tolerated in Pamlico County,” said Chris Davis, Deputy Sheriff, Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office. “We are thankful for all the help from The Humane Society of the United States; their dedication and expertise were invaluable in this case.”