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August 4, 2011

Suspected Dogfighting Operation Raided in Pamlico County, N.C., 17 Dogs Rescued

Law enforcement raid alleged dogfighting operation near New Bern, N.C. after a three-year investigation by Pamlico County Sheriff's Office.

A three-year investigation by the Pamlico County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of Pamlico County Animal Control agency and The Humane Society of the United States culminated in the raid by law enforcement of an alleged dogfighting operation just outside New Bern, N.C. Seventeen dogs were seized at a property on 5748 Florence Rd. Volunteers from Hello Bully assisted with the rescue of the dogs.

Cody Ushry is the man believed to be the owner of the operation. In addition to the dogs, authorities also found suspected dogfighting paraphernalia and many of the dogs had scars consistent with dogfighting.

"The raid of this suspected dogfighting operation is the culmination of an extensive investigation," said Janette Reever, deputy manager of animal fighting investigations for The HSUS. "We are grateful to the Pamlico County Sheriff's Office and Pamlico County Animal Control agency for taking allegations of dogfighting seriously."

Experts from The HSUS’ Animal Rescue Team were on the scene to help law enforcement document evidence and safely remove the dogs from the property. The animal rescue team is transporting the dogs to an undisclosed location where they will be cared for and provided with enrichment.

“Dogfighting 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.”

The HSUS Animal Rescue Team and Hello Bully will help provide ongoing enrichment for the dogs while they are being held as evidence.

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. The HSUS asks anyone with information about animal fighting criminals to call 877-TIP-HSUS (877-847-4787). Tipsters' identities are protected.

Facts

  • Dogfighting is a felony in all 50states.
  • It is a felony to own, possess, keep or train a dog for the purpose of dogfighting in North Carolina.
  • The HSUS estimates that 40,000 people follow organized dogfighting circuits across the U.S. while an additional 100,000 meet on neighborhood streets, alleys and hideaways.
  • The HSUS has a policy of recommending that all dogs seized from such operations be professionally evaluated to determine whether they are suitable candidates for adoption.

Media Contact: Katie Jarl, 252-670-6129, 713-516-7892; kjarl@humanesociety.org  

  

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