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Third suspect charged in Halifax dog-fighting bust

Posted April 15, 2013

— Halifax County sheriff's investigators said Monday that they have arrested a third person in connection with a suspected dog-fighting operation near Roanoke Rapids.

Elton Gary, 44, was arrested last week on two counts of dog fighting, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and numerous drug charges, including manufacturing marijuana, felony possession of marijuana and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for controlled substances.

He was jailed under a $30,000 bond and is awaiting a May 18 court appearance.

Last Sunday, authorities seized 21 pit pulls as well as 68 marijuana plants from Gary's home at 1045 Stack Powell Road.

Elton Gary's wife, Erica Gary, 40, and their son, Zhaqwaun Jevontae Gary, 19, were initially arrested on several drug-related charges. Authorities said Monday that they each face two additional counts of felony dog fighting charges.


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  • kellyhancockrn Apr 19, 2013

    The "dogs" are the VICTIMS, They deserve an assessment, a temperament test and a chance at rehabilitation. The dogs rescued from Michael Vick's dog fighing ring have mostly gone on to live very sucessfully in families and have turned out to be loving, canine friendly family pets. - the so call "human" predators need to be euthanized

  • Tax Man Apr 15, 2013

    Suggest they just put these "dogs" out of their misery and help society by removing the predators! A good Vet should be able to do it for low or no cost.