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Mount Olive man arrested in Duplin dog-fighting raid

Posted April 13, 2010

— The Duplin County Sheriff's Department conducted a raid Tuesday morning on a suspected dog-fighting facility believed to be one of the top five operations in the country.

Thirty-three pit bulls, as well as equipment used to train dogs for fighting and a ring, were found during the raid at the home along Buck Hill Road in Mount Olive, according to Anna Ware, with Atlanta-based security firm Norred & Associates who assisted in the raid.

Authorities arrested 76-year-old Harry Hargrove.

"This gentleman has been known as one of the top five dog-fighting operations in the United States," Ware said.

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Investigators said Hargrove has a long history and many connections in dog fighting.

"We have evidence to support that its probably been a 40-year operation," said Miguel Abi-Hassan, of the Atlanta Humane Society, which deployed an animal rescue team and a trailer to help evaluate and treat the dogs before transporting them to an undisclosed location.

The dogs found at the Buck Hill home were trained to fight and some are worth as much as $10,000 in the underground ring, investigators said.

Two veterinarians checked and treated each animal seized. Most of the dogs had scaring consistent with dog fighting, Abi-Hassan said.

"Definitely around the neck and the face, we have some dogs that look like they've almost lost an eye, some with skin peeled back, (It's) pretty horrific," he said.

Confidential leads from a tip line sponsored by Norred led to the raid. The firm also assisted Duplin County deputies in investigating the tips.

As part of its pro-bono campaign to stop dog fighting, Norred has participated in 21 raids across the country, resulting in 26 arrests and more than 400 dogs rescued.


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  • ljcs357 Apr 20, 2010

    Typical wral fashion. A one and done story for this particular dog-fighting case. This is one of the biggest rings in the country..this makes bad newz kennels look like pet smart.

  • familyfour Apr 14, 2010

    I got dogs and kids.

  • familyfour Apr 14, 2010

    crazyfig......You from Scott's Store?

    76 means NOTHING....it certainly doesn't make him INNOCENT.

    The dogs were physically, socially , and mentally abused. That was LOVE? Skin hanging off and fighting is love?

    Also pretty pizzed about the harsh actions taken after letting him get away with it for over 40 years when we got child rapists walkin.....

  • familyfour Apr 14, 2010

    Going on for over 40 years.

    That is embarrassing to know.

    That's Scott's Store for ya, though.

    That's a ROUGH place.

  • oleguy Apr 14, 2010

    All this for dogs, And we turn people murders loose in 10 years or they never go to jail.
    If you people had this energy towards the court system things could get better. You want to fry this guy and turn loose Rapists. No Dont own a dog, I have children

  • bonnnie Apr 14, 2010

    I am so tired of reading stories like this. IT NEEDS TO BE STOPPED at whatever means necessary! Start giving these people some real time better yet put them in a ring with a wild tiger since they want something to fight let them fight and see how they like it! Yes that is what I think !!!! but and end to it. Good job to all involved in this raid.

  • estrauch Apr 14, 2010

    crazyfig....you are just that CRAZY! Learn to use spell check too! I'm quite sure that man did not love his dogs. He saw them as a way to make money. As it says in the Bible...."the love of money is the root of all evil". He was pure EVIL! And YES the evidence is there that proves him GUILTY! I hope they throw the book at him and keep him in prison for the rest of his life. He even had the nerve to brag that he was the best in the business. Read the following article and then tell me how much he loved his dogs.....


  • crazyfig Apr 14, 2010

    Not including the attorney and court costs. This American is screwed. He loses either way. If his body isn’t put in prison his heart will be, because I guarantee he loves every one of them dogs and now he’ll NEVER hold them again.

  • crazyfig Apr 14, 2010

    How many of those 400 dogs rescued by the Norred & Associates team have been euphemized? You people write "rescue" when you should be writing "MASS MURDER". Is the public going to be informed of this? The Norred & Associates teams are a lot like Nazi's in my opinion. In fact that's what they should call themselves, Nazi’s and Associates! And what happen to we’re presumed innocent until PROVEN guilty! The man is 76 years old. He fought dogs when? In his youth!?! It was legal at one time, remember? People should really educate themselves prior to believing what is written and what is heard. Do research. This is the extermination of a breed of dog that for some reason is seen as a class of enemies of the United States. I don’t know if this man is innocent or guilty, but “IF” he is innocent then what? He can’t have his dogs back because they’ve been KILLED and he is expected to PAY for the kennel costs to house the dogs that were TAKEN from his property! Not in

  • paddie Apr 13, 2010

    Looks like his picture was taken while he was being waterboarded.