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Halifax deputies seize 21 dogs from suspected dog fighting ring

Posted April 8, 2013
Updated July 12, 2016

— Authorities seized 21 dogs and 68 marijuana plants Sunday from a Roanoke Rapids home that was allegedly used for dog fighting.

Halifax County sheriff’s deputies said Monday they conducted an investigation on the property, at 1045 Stack Powell Road, after receiving information from confidential sources about potential dog fighting in the area.

Deputies went to the property Friday night and found a large number of cars in the yard and lights on in a shed behind the residence. Deputies said several people ran from the area when they arrived.

Deputies obtained a search warrant and worked with animal control officers to seize 19 pit bulls and two puppies, a dog fighting pen, dog training weights, syringes and animal medications. Some of the dogs have injuries consistent with dog fighting, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies also found a room inside the shed with 68 marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia.

Erica Gary, 40, and Zhaqwaun Jevontae Gary, 19, both of Roanoke Rapids, were each charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacture marijuana, felony possession of marijuana and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substance.

It's unclear if the two are related.

Zhaqwaun Gary was jailed under a $20,000 bond and scheduled for a court appearance June 5. Erica Gary was jailed under a $25,000 bond.


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  • fiesty Apr 11, 2013

    Higher bonds for these dog killers please! No bail would be great. Maybe the jailers can set up a dog ring with some nicely trained pits and put them in it. Stealing a pet out of someone's yard is such a shame. To most pet owners out pets are family. I had a dog stolen out of my yard that I never got back. I couldn't even bury him! It was devastating to me.

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  • cbiga220 Apr 8, 2013

    A lot of cars in your yard and lights on always draws attention, you know somebody gonna get suspicious and not to mention the sounds of dogs barking, etc, dummy.

  • luvmyjackrascal Apr 8, 2013

    I hope SOMEBODY is held accountable for the dog fighting! Those dogs are tortured for amusement!

  • novacrazy2000 Apr 8, 2013

    $20,000 BAIL SOUNDS LITE.

  • DAR-Patriot Apr 8, 2013

    Could they not get the license numbers of all the vehicles at the location and make more arrests???

  • Scubagirl Apr 8, 2013

    ALL those who were there should be charged with promoting dog fighting and sentenced severely! Gary, now HE should be thrown UNDER the jail for his part in the dog fighting. Nothing lower......Poor dogs, hope that they can be saved.

  • ripetomatoes Apr 8, 2013

    Why didn't the nurse just write "sneeze" on the birth certificate when this criminal was born instead of however that name sounds?

    Dog fighter. The only thing lower on the criminal ladder is a crackhead who steals from a church or his grandma.