June 18, 2010
The HSUS Assists in Virginia Dogfighting Raid
Hampton police use HSUS' Mobile Animal Crimes Laboratory after arrest of two men, seizure of dogs and dogfighting paraphernalia
Animal-fighting experts from The Humane Society of the United States assisted in the investigation by the Hampton Police Division Animal Control Unit that led to a Thursday dogfighting raid that resulted in two arrests and the seizure of dogs and dogfighting paraphernalia.
Authorities identified the arrested men as Kendal Lamonte Hargrove Jr. and Robert Linwood Hymes. Each were charged with three counts of felony dogfighting. Five dogs and suspected dogfighting paraphernalia were taken from the scene. Some of the dogs bear scars consistent with dogfighting. The HSUS' recently-launched Mobile Animal Crimes Laboratory was used to conduct evidence identification and documentation at the scene.
"Dogfighting is a despicable crime and we commend the Hampton Police Division Animal Control Unit for working diligently to put this alleged operation out of business," said Chris Schindler, manager of animal fighting law enforcement for The HSUS. "One of the dogs rescued was a victim for more than a decade; it's good to know that the cycle of violence has ended for this helpless animal, and for the others."
- The HSUS offers rewards of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person involved in illegal animal fighting. Anyone with information about animal fighting criminals is asked to call 877-TIP-HSUS (877-847-4787). Tipsters' identities are protected.
- The HSUS' policy is that dogs seized in raids be evaluated for adoption suitability.
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