Saturday, October 15, 2016

BROOKSVILLE, HERNANDO COUNTY FL - DEPUTIES SEIZED 41 ADULT PIT BULLS AND 8 PUPPIES AT TWO NEIGHBORING HOUSES WHERE THEY UNCOVERED A BREEDING, TRAINING AND DOG FIGHTING OPERATION


 - A report of an injured dog led Hernando County deputies to an apparent breeding and training facility for dog fighting.
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office said animal enforcement officers went to a home on Leonard Street about an injured dog, where they found a badly injured pup in a cage under the house. The person deputies said lived in the house said he was taking care of the dog for a friend and had been feeding it, but animal control officers didn't find any evidence of food or water.
A vet later determined the dog was used as a bait dog during dog fights and had likely been fought within the past few days.The dog had oozing wounds and exposed muscle, bone and tendons, as well as puncture wounds and infection.
Deputies went to a neighboring home and said they found the breeding and training facility for a dog fighting operation. The person at the home, who said he did not live there, was wearing a shirt reading No Luv Kennels and gave deputies permission to look around.
Deputies found 22 adult pit bulls and six puppies.
They went back to the home where the injured dog was found and arrested 61-year-old James Harris for animal cruelty for not providing care for the injured dog under his house.
Three days later, a search warrant was served at the second residence. Deputies arrested 53-year-old Darryl Smith and charged him with felony animal cruelty and felony bait animals.
Animal control officers seized 19 dogs and two puppies. They said several dogs were attached to chains weighing as much as 15 pounds, and others were caged in makeshift dog cages. There was no food in sight and algae was in the water that was present.
The sheriff's office described the conditions as deplorable.
Many of the dogs weighed less than 30 pounds, and some wore chains weighing more than half their body weight.
Deputies and animal enforcement officers also found injectable antibiotics, saline solution, distemper and parvo shots, body builder for dogs, wound care medicine, needles and syringes, cattle wormer, hip and joint tablets, electrolyte solutions, red cell builder, muscle builder and underwood horse medicine, which is only used by veterinarians. 
They also found items which point to training dogs for fighting. They found pulling harnesses - which are used to make dogs pull heavy items, break sticks - which are used to separate dogs while fighting, pull ropes hanging from trees - which are typically used to train dogs to jump, grab, and hang on, several gallons of milk - used to coat dogs before a dog fight to neutralize dangerous chemicals placed on dogs that could cause harm when bitten by a dog, and a bait cage - used to put small animals in to agitate fighting dogs.
The dogs were removed from the scene and taken to Hernando County Animal Services where they were evaluated by a vet.Once evaluated and treated for any injuries, all dogs were treated for fleas, vaccinated, and fed.
All dog fighting equipment was seized from the property.
Smith was held on a $4,000 bond. The case remains under investigation and additional charges are pending.
Meanwhile, Hernando County Animal Services is overcrowded due to the seizure and are offering their adoptable pets for $10 starting Thursday. HCAS said no animals were euthanized to accommodate the seized dogs and there are many adoptable dogs, cats and rabbits available now for only $10.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who wants to adopt a fight bust pit bull? NOT ME! NOT ME! NOT ME!

This is what the anti-breed specific legislation brings us! First of all, owning a pit bull should be a felony. Since dog fighting is a felony, and pit bulls ARE USED FOR DOG FIGHTING, it's a no brainer!

Second, fight bust pit bulls SHOULD NEVER BE ADOPTED OUT! Fight bust pit bulls should be euthanized immediately. No evaluations, no bleeding hearts, no second chances. If pit bull advocates truly believe, "It's all in how they're raised". Then they should understand that fight bust pit bulls serve absolutely no useful purpose.

Third, how many normal dogs are going to get mauled or killed because of these 49 fight bust pit bulls? Fight bust pit bulls ARE NOT PETS AND SHOULD NEVER BE ADOPTED OUT!

For the sake of the fight bust pit bulls, and normal dogs that will come in contact with these atrocities, humanely euthanize all of them. If not, please explain to the rest of us how to untrain a fight bust pit bull. I'd love to know! Please enlighten me!

Dayna Hamilton said...

"Deputies and animal enforcement officers also found injectable antibiotics, saline solution, distemper and parvo shots, body builder for dogs, wound care medicine, needles and syringes, cattle wormer, hip and joint tablets, electrolyte solutions, red cell builder, muscle builder and underwood horse medicine, which is only used by veterinarians. "

All these things were found to care for their fighting dogs, but no food was in sight. Do they not feed them on purpose to make them want to attack more? It just seems counter-intuitive to not feed a performance animal, even a fighting dog.

Dayna Hamilton said...

Could not agree more!!! These things should ALL be euthanized ASAP!