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Public tips can curb Halifax dog fight problem

Posted May 2, 2013

— 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.

 Robert Richardson, the lead officer with animal control for Halifax County Dog fight culture clams up in Halifax County

"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.

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  • lfields2 May 3, 10:22 a.m.

    If people are so heartless that they would abuse an animal like this, then think what else they could do. The laws need to be so much more harsher on animal abusers.

  • blondegirl101 May 3, 8:14 a.m.

    This problem can be solved very easy, Pass a law alowing only two adult dog on ones property. Or just have it where two is all you are allowed. If they have puppies you mush get them to new owners before they are one year old and all of these dog must be registered. Then you would be able to keep up with who has them. If you are caught with a dog not regestered then it is a $500 fine per dog for the first offence. And a $1000 fine per dog the second offence. And four months in jail the third per dog And a $5000 fine! All these dogs needs to be registered state wide,And make it a felony to cross into our state with a dog that is not registered first. Just like buying a home you must get all permits first. If you are just coming here for a visit or vacation you can buy a trmporary pass.For two dogs.This will stop the problem....
    beachman
    May 2, 2013 7:31 p.m.

    although I do agree with what you are saying...but people don't abide by the law now, what makes you think they would follow this

  • beachman May 2, 7:31 p.m.

    This problem can be solved very easy, Pass a law alowing only two adult dog on ones property. Or just have it where two is all you are allowed. If they have puppies you mush get them to new owners before they are one year old and all of these dog must be registered. Then you would be able to keep up with who has them. If you are caught with a dog not regestered then it is a $500 fine per dog for the first offence. And a $1000 fine per dog the second offence. And four months in jail the third per dog And a $5000 fine! All these dogs needs to be registered state wide,And make it a felony to cross into our state with a dog that is not registered first. Just like buying a home you must get all permits first. If you are just coming here for a visit or vacation you can buy a trmporary pass.For two dogs.This will stop the problem....

  • Hans May 2, 7:21 p.m.

    Lord have mercy. Be a snitch. Report EVERYTHING!

  • ripetomatoes May 2, 6:06 p.m.

    Maybe the mentality of this dogcatcher is the reason this crime is so prevalent in his county.

  • cttransfer May 2, 5:23 p.m.

    PLEASE PLEASE report dog fighting if you suspect it! Thats the only way it's going to stop!