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Owners fear stolen pit bulls used for dogfighting

Posted March 5, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— Linda Zoldy is terrified about the fate of her family’s 2-year-old pit bull, Duke, who was stolen out of her fenced in yard. She fears the animal is being used for dogfighting.

“I cry every night over this dog, just picturing what they’re doing to him,” Zoldy said.

Zoldy, who lives in the Gray's Creek area, said she spends every spare moment looking for Duke, who went missing in January. She has passed out 200 fliers and continues to search back roads near her home for the dog everyday. Locals say some of those back roads are known for dogfighting.

“There’s a lot of illegal stuff going on,” Zoldy said.

Tamara Levalley's 6-month-old pit bull, who went missing Feb. 14 Officials: Dogfighting is a problem in Cumberland

The nearby neighborhoods are considered so dangerous that Zoldy’s children are concerned for her safety.

“They’re afraid something is going to happen to me,” Zoldy said.

Duke isn’t the only missing pit bull in the area. Tamara Levalley, of the Haymont area near downtown Fayetteville, said her 6-month-old pit bull was taken, too.

“How could someone do this?” Levalley said.

Levalley said her pit bull and German shepherd were let out of her yard in mid-February. Someone found and returned the shepherd, but her pit bull remains missing.

Witnesses reported seeing a woman steal the dog at a BP gas station at the intersection of Morganton Road and MLK Boulevard in Fayetteville. They said a woman grabbed the dog, put it in her car and drove away.  That pit bull has never been found.

Cumberland County Animal Control investigators say that in many cases, dogs are stolen to be bred or used as bait for dogfighting. Dogfighting is a problem in the county, but it is often hard to make an arrest because under state law, dogfighters must be caught in the act, investigators said.

An average of 10 to 15 reports of dogfighting are received each year, Investigator Alan Canady said. No one has been charged with dogfighting, and most suspects end up being charged with animal cruelty or possession of dogfighting paraphernalia.


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  • Raptor06 Mar 6, 2009

    Just what do those roads tell you?

  • any1butcarolina0405 Mar 6, 2009

    PS: I have a German Shep that is FAR from a watch dog and they are supposively bred for protection. In fact, if anyone came close to the fence the most you would endure is being soaked to death from all the licking. So to say that just because a dog is 'bred' a certain way doesn't mean they'll all end up that way.

  • any1butcarolina0405 Mar 6, 2009

    Oh and I think pitt bulls are awful, that's just me though, I know I can't handle trying to make them trained enough to "never" bite, some people can and that's great. Other people get them for the sole purpose of them being mean. I was in line at Petsmart the other day and this pitt was loving on every one and the owner scolds the dog saying "you're NOT supposed to be that friendly!"..... scary stuff. that's why they have such a bad rep

  • Eduardo1 Mar 6, 2009

    Hey, where is Michael Vick?

  • mcclennyc Mar 6, 2009

    It is not the breed of dog that is the problem. It is the stupid people who have some sick fascination with watching innocent animals fight and kill each other. The problem also lies with the punishment for the crime when caught because animals do not seem to be so important. I have had a female pit stolen from a pad lock before. She was my dog and I looked after her and some sorry sack of junk decided to take what was mine and probably used her for breeding or fighting. The thought of this really ticks me off and quite frankly I feel that the sorry humans that are caught doing this should be put through the same torture that these wonderful animals are put through. These are sorry human beings who quite frankly should have to fight to their death just like they have made so many animals do. Jail is not even enough for them!!!!!!

  • MsKimberly Mar 6, 2009

    Every Pit Bull I have ever encountered has been very well mannered and behaved like a dream. I have ran into more aggressive Chihuahuas to be honest with all of you. I am SO happy I am reading such positive comments towards this breed. To be honest I was scared about what I would come across when I clicked "view comments". I do think the law needs to be toughened up on dog fighting, this is getting ridiculous. And to say we actually need to ban the breed is even MORE sickening. If anything, put a law against irresponsible backyard breeding. It's time to find a solution for these dogs. Idiots who fight them are just cowards who want to live tough through their "warriors in fur".

  • turtlepit77 Mar 6, 2009

    "Pit bulls should be outlawed here in the US anyway, along with a few other breeds. Countries like Germany are already smart enough to do this, why can't we???!!!"
    March 5, 2009 9:37 p.m.

    Are you CRAZY??!! You must have NEVER had one of these wonderful dogs. I've had all kinds of dogs and I have not found any as loyal as my two pit bulls. They are some of the sweetest dogs I've ever seen. Our oldest is 8 years old and the youngest is 6 months old. They are so loving. My kids can do anything to these dogs and they won't flinch a muscle. You can't blame the breed just because there are a few idiots out there who mistreat these dogs. I've seen poodles who are meaner than my pits! Should we ban them too? How about Siamese cats?? Should we ban those evil creatures too?? I mean really?? As long as you treat the dog like you should, you don't have anything to worry about!!

  • ncguy Mar 6, 2009

    Morganton Road and MLK Boulevard in Fayetteville

    says a lot....

  • ladyblue Mar 6, 2009

    Well then maybe it's time we pushed the lawmakers to change the laws to evidence found at the place as evidence of dogfighting. Other states have such laws as dogfighting equipment found and such. It's not strict enough if you have to catch them in the act of fighting. I wish the lady could find her dog but the odds are slim of that.

  • ashleyleanna2006 Mar 6, 2009

    I want to say I feel sorry for anyone who has gone through the loss of their dog because of idiots! I have endured that pain a few times! My husband & I are pit lovers! We stick by that it's all in how you raise the animal. I currently have 2 & they are the biggest babies my 3lbs chihuhua is more aggressive then them! While my husband & I were at work Oct 2007 our house was broken in & our 2 pits were stolen. you want to know why? It's because they were not aggressive or mean to anybody!& the Robeson County police were no help!!!!! My neice was 2 and was attacked by a cocker spaniel! She can pull & tug on my pits & all they do is lay there or lick at her! They are not mean dogs at all! I fear everyday even now that my dogs are used to fight! I would love to stick those idiots in a ring with them dogs that they have abused & see how far they get! I wish everyone luck in finding their BABIES!