More arrests possible in Halifax dog-fight investigation
Posted April 10, 2013
Roanoke Rapids, N.C. — Halifax County authorities said Wednesday that more charges and arrests are possible in a case involving 21 animals that were seized from a suspected dog-fighting ring near Roanoke Rapids.
Erica Gary, 40, and her son, Zhaqwaun Jevontae Gary, 19, of 1045 Stack Powell Road, were arrested Sunday on a number of drug-related charges after deputies seized 68 marijuana plants from their home.
Nineteen pit bulls and two puppies were also taken as a result of an 18-month investigation, but no charges have yet to be filed regarding the dog-fighting allegations.
Investigators said the animals are being kept at an undisclosed location and that the animals have older injuries that are consistent with dog-fighting.
It's unclear yet if or when any of the dogs will be put up for adoption since they are considered evidence.
Deputies went to the Garys' home Friday night and found a large number of cars in the yard and lights on in a shed behind the residence. Several people ran from the area when they arrived.
Deputies obtained a search warrant and worked with animal control officers to seize the animals, as well a dog-fighting pen, dog training weights, syringes and animal medications.
Both Garys are out of jail on bond and are scheduled for court on June 5.