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Mount Olive man to be sentenced in Duplin County dog-fighting case

Posted June 20, 2011

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— A Mount Olive man who admitted to running one of the largest dog-fighting operations in the United States will be sentenced Wednesday.

Harry Hargrove pleaded guilty in March to federal dog-fighting charges. He faces up to five years in prison.

Federal prosecutors recently released new photos of the dogs and the operation, many of which are too graphic to show on WRAL.com.

The Duplin County Sheriff's Department conducted a raid in April 2010 and found 35 pit bulls, as well as equipment used to train dogs for fighting and a ring, at the home along Buck Hill Road in Mount Olive. Hugo Mount Olive man to be sentenced on dog-fighting charges

All but one dog had to be euthanized because of their injuries or aggressive behavior.

Investigators said Hargrove had a long history, possibly as long as 40 years, and many connections in dog fighting. The dogs found at the home were trained to fight, and some were 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 scarring consistent with dog fighting.

One photograph showed the blood-stained face of a dog, Hugo, which an undercover investigator bought from Hargrove in April 2010. Other photos showed dogs with open wounds and diseases.

The most graphic photos showed dog carcasses, skeletons, mud and trash in a debris pit. Other pictures showed blood on walls, a treadmill used to condition the dogs and a spring pole to strengthen the dogs' jaws.

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  • deadendvw Jun 21, 2011

    Educate yourselves about the breed. They have the best disposition of almost all breeds. They are not man biters and you dont have to train them to fight. Its what they do. The media spins it all up and makes it something its not. I would bet all of the dogs were adoptable, not just "poor" Hugo.

  • Double07 Jun 21, 2011

    Here and now.......I do not support this......and I don't support putting pot smokers in jail with....because neither harm another human......has this guy "abused" or harmed another human? I didn't see that in the report?? Your comparison is the same as saying smoking pot will lead to becoming a heroin addict......there is no correlation......

  • carroln Jun 21, 2011

    LEAVE THE MAN ALONE. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THAT AND THE UFC. fIGHTING HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS AND WILL CONTINUE. IF YOU DONT LIKE IT AROUND HERE THEN CAZRRY YOURSELF ON OUT OF THIS COUNTRY AND LIVE SOMEWHERE ELSE, AND QUIT COMPLAINING ABOUT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE DO. THE PEOPL THAT WANT THIS MAN CHARGED PROBABLY THE SAME BUNCH THAT SUPPORTS ALL THE REST OF THE BLEEDING LIBERAL LAWS!!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 21, 2011

    @Double07, I guess your idea of a "real criminal" is a guy with a single weed leaf in his pocket?

    And, I'm guessing that you're completely unaware of the proven link between animal abuse and violence against humans?

    And, you probably wouldn't care if this guy dog-napped your puppy and used him as bait in the ring...you know...so his fighting dogs could get some practice tearing flesh from bone.

  • carroln Jun 21, 2011

    Its a dog not a person! If they think this is right then how about the people against this man needs to go live with dogs and cats and then move on out into the wild. This is really sick, to be worried abouyt what another person does with their dog or any other ANIMAL. I guess you people tghink dogs have the same rights as people do? Come on you are'nt that ignorant are you.

  • Double07 Jun 21, 2011

    as for Mike Vick....fine him, take half of his mulit million dollar football salary for a few years and put towards or massive debt the liberal are creating for this county and not cost us 100k a year to put him in jail...again, I do not support this but I do not think the punishment fits the crime...A DOG IS AN ANIMAIL not a person....

  • Double07 Jun 21, 2011

    I am not saying that what he did is right nor do i support it, HOWEVER, I do NOT see it as being a crime punishable by jail time, a Dog is a domesticated animal...as are cows. And making the connection from dog fighting to seriel killing?? Serious?? Wow I am a hunter and shoot animals and eat them, so I guess that makes me the next up and coming Haniable Lecter?? Its a domescated animal...not a human, fine the guy, but dont clog up our already over crowded jail system for dogfighting...leave room from real criminals....

  • Call It Like I See It Jun 21, 2011

    ugh... the things I'd like to do to that sick, sick man.

  • queene01 Jun 20, 2011

    Such a sad story. Studies show that people who treat animals bad, normally treat humans bad. Terrible... 5 years is nothing for him. :( He'll probably be out in 3 on good behavior, and fighting innocent dogs again.

  • TerriBMe Jun 20, 2011

    He and anyone else that lets this kind of thing should be ashamed of himself!! I would LOVE to be the one to determine what his punishment should be. These poor defenseless creatures have no one to protect them or speak up for them except for us. Dogs are supposed to part of your family people. Don't get them if you have no intention of being good to them and taking care of them.

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