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More arrests possible in Halifax dog-fight investigation

Posted April 10, 2013

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— 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.

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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.


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  • Just the facts mam Apr 10, 2013

    I say punishment for people involved in these cruel activities should be putting these low-lifes in the pen with the dogs, and seeing if these low-lifes enjoy being savaged by the dogs. Maybe less people would be involved in these activities if they knew what their punishment would be when caught.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Apr 10, 2013

    I could care less about the marijuana. The poor dogs.......how can people do something like this? I'm so glad that I can't understand that! I hope these dogs can be saved and rehabilitated. The dogs are not mean because the dogs are mean. The dogs are mean because PEOPLE made them that way. Disgusting!!