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NC Law Enforcement Agencies Praised for Bringing 'Dogfighting Godfather' to Justice

The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal protection organization, today praised the Wilkes County (N.C.) Sheriff's Office, Wilkes County Animal Control and Wilkes County District Attorney's Office for putting a globally recognized dogfighter behind bars. 

"Thanks largely to the actions taken by these three Wilkes County agencies, the dogfighting world has been hit with the biggest blow since the Michael Vick case," said John Goodwin, manager of animal fighting issues for The Humane Society of the United States. "Anyone else involved in this crime is now on notice: If you are involved with dogfighting you can expect a one-way ticket to prison."

A three-year investigation by the three agencies culminated in the December raid of Ed Faron's "Wildside Kennels," a dogfighting operation in Millers Creek, N.C. According to news reports, Faron pleaded guilty this week to 14 felony dogfighting counts and was sentenced to eight to 10 months in prison in addition to probation.

This is Faron's second conviction for dogfighting. He is an internationally known breeder of fighting dogs and authored one of the most infamous books on how to breed and raise dogs for fighting. Excerpts from "The Complete Gamedog — A Guide to Breeding and Raising the American Pit Bull Terrier" by Ed and Chris Faron (published in 1995 and reprinted in 2006) are available upon request.

The Humane Society of the United States offers cash rewards of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in animal fighting. This reward program has been made possible by a grant from the Holland M. Ware Charitable Foundation.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 30. For more than a half-century, The Humane Society of the United States has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at humanesociety.org.