Wednesday, April 27, 2016

WENDELL, WAKE COUNTY NC - JAMES EDWARD HARRIS, 48, IS FACING DOG FIGHTING AND ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - NEIGHBORS SAY THE BARKING AND ODOR BECAME SO OBNOXIOUS THAT SOMEONE FINALLY CALLED POLICE - MORE PITS TO BE "REHABILITATED" !!!


A Wendell man is facing felony dog fighting and animal cruelty charges after authorities were initially called to his home to investigate an unusual odor.

Officers with the Wendell Police Department arrested 48-year-old James Edward Harris Tuesday at his home on Old Tavern Road after discovering the odor was coming from several animals.

Neighbors said the barking and the smell coming from the house had become so obnoxious that someone called police.



Investigators found a large number of pit bull dogs in Harris' backyard and inside the house.

Authorities said officers also found numerous items inside the house and on Harris' property that are commonly used to train dogs for fighting.

"What we saw there and the evidence we collected suggested to the investigators and to Wake County Animal Control who really are the experts in handling animal-related matters, that there was training of dogs going on at that residence," Wendell Police Chief Bill Carter said. "Training of dogs to fight."

Wake County Animal Control later seized 14 pit bulls - including puppies - and Harris was charged with 14 counts of felony cruelty to animals and 14 counts of felony dog fighting.

Harris was also charged with driving while his license was revoked.

He was taken to the Wake County Detention Center and placed under a $1,005,000 BOND. 

An investigation remains ongoing.

Neighbors who watched the raid said some of the dogs were in bad shape.

"One of the dogs they brought out they put in a van, it looked pretty bad and they drove it off real quick," neighbor Roger Brantley said. "So I'm assuming they took it to a vet cause it needed some medical attention."

The dogs are being evaluated at the Wake County Animal Shelter and those in need are being provided necessary medical care, according to authorities.

http://abc11.com/1311451/


2 comments:

Sweetie Pie said...

They need to start charging every single pit bull type dog owner with felony animal cruelty and dogfighting when a pit bull type kills someone's normal dog. They need to start making all such people put up more than a million dollars bail.

After all, the pit bull fans are consciously and purposely bringing dogfighting into our neighborhoods. It's just that they are choosing 'opponents' for their pit bulls that do NOT want to fight and that stand no chance against even the wimpiest pit bull type.

It's insane that they are charged with cruelty for letting pit bulls do what pit bulls love to do most of all (fight to the death even if they're the one dying), but are allowed to do this when the victim is an animal that doesn't love to fight and kill.

Dayna Hamilton said...

The "officials" should have taken photos for the court case against the pos dog fighter, then put all the smelly maulers down, puppies too.