Charges Brought In Pamlico County Dog Fighting Operation

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.


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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.”


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2011 at 07:51 PM
    10 years this property has had dogs, I always thought it was a dog fighting ring and now he just got caught
  • by Bloke Location: New Bern on Aug 8, 2011 at 05:17 AM
    Patchman: You seem to know all about this "person" that got caught picking on dogs. You seem to be trying to come to his aid and defending him at every turn. I hate to tell you, but they wouldn't have arrested and confiscated all the dogs if there were not sufficient evidence of crime. I know you may want to save face in the wake of looking like an idiot, but I think it is time for you to give this one up. The humane society and other orginaizations may kill them, but they don't torture and neglect them before they uthinize them. Most of the pt bulls in those fascilities are there because of people like this that breed them for the wrong reasons. They get dumped becasue they won't "perform".
  • by J Location: Winston Salem on Aug 7, 2011 at 10:06 AM
    they said the dogs were healthy, they didnt say any had scarring related to fighting or that they caught the dogs fighting. The only bad thing they had to say was that one female dog was scared of what the vet came todo to her...STEAL HER FROM HER HOME
  • by kathryn Location: gatesville on Aug 5, 2011 at 04:17 PM
    All the animals want to give is love and get a little bit of attention in return. I will never understand how a human can mistreat an animal - any animal. It takes a sorry low down person to do it. I hope the dogs and puppies will be able to go to a loving home for the rest of their days.
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      by patchman on Aug 6, 2011 at 11:55 AM in reply to kathryn
      Sorry, but the HSUS, SPCA's and Peta kill more pit bulls in one year than dog fighter have seen die in the past 100 years. Hope on...
  • by Gloria on Aug 5, 2011 at 03:27 PM
    Concerning the dog fighting and the puppy mills: How very sad that an animal known as "man's best friend" is treated in such a fashion. I see these people as an "Animal's Worst Enemy". I wish for them the total misery that they bestow on a helpless innocent animal! Thank you to all the people who rescue these animals!!
  • by Darlene Location: Greenville on Aug 5, 2011 at 03:12 PM
    I hope this "thing" is convicted, sent to jail and raped a 100 times a day with every kind of object found in prison. Then maybe they will know what they put these animals through.
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      by patchman on Aug 6, 2011 at 11:58 AM in reply to Darlene
      Darlene, I suppose those objects can be found in your closet. You're typical of a person who should not be allowed to vote. You read a article and seem to know all about it.
  • by Millie Location: Greenville on Aug 5, 2011 at 12:41 PM
    Thank you law enforcement. Now I hope the court system will do what they can. Humane Society is just awesome wherever they are. I never knew they did so much until I adopted a dog from them.
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      by patchman on Aug 6, 2011 at 12:00 PM in reply to Millie
      The humane society kills pit bulls, it doesn't save them. For decades legit pit bull owners have decried the So called animal right groups for their indiscriminate killing of pit bulls. It was only after Vicks case that ALL THE GROUPS WERE PROVED WRONG.
  • by Tammy Location: Florence Road on Aug 4, 2011 at 05:13 PM
    I had to drive past this and it looked like CSI was there. I had no idea this would happen in our little ole county and I'm glad that it was caught. But why, oh why, did the Sheriffs office let it go on for 3 years. 3 years = alot of dead dogs.
  • by rl Location: bear grass on Aug 4, 2011 at 03:47 PM
    LEO is guilty too if they let it go on for three years
  • by Pamlico Location: Pamlico on Aug 4, 2011 at 03:14 PM
    3 Year investigation???? Wow....
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