Public tips can curb Halifax dog fight problem
Posted May 2, 2013
Halifax County, N.C. — Dog fighting, while illegal, is common in Halifax County.
"The dog fighting in this county has risen greatly in the last two to three years," said Robert Richardson, the lead officer with animal control for the county.
He says one reason for that growth is the tight-knit, well-established dog fighting network in the county. A recent bust netted a married couple and their 19-year-old son.
"It's well-kept secret. I mean it's kept among the people that do it," Richardson said.
The fight game is lucrative – hundreds of thousands of dollars are won and lost – and deadly.
"So much money is involved ... the loser won't make it out," Richardson said.
Bettors come from as far away as New Jersey, and dogs are moved from place to place to deflect suspicion, he said.
In addition to stepped up law enforcement, authorities are asking for help from the public to stop the trend. Any large number of vehicles driving down a secluded road should be a clue for law-abiding citizens to call authorities, Richardson said. That activity should be reported to authorities.
"I don't see the problem going away anytime soon, but it will go away," Richardson concluded.