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Roanoke Rapids man faces dog fighting charges

Posted October 27, 2010 6:00 p.m. EDT
Updated October 28, 2010 10:55 p.m. EDT

— Police arrested a Roanoke Rapids man last week on dog fighting and animal cruelty charges after finding a dead puppy and nearly 30 pit bulls chained in his back yard.

Calvin Champion, 24, of 238 Maria Ave., was charged with four felony counts of animal cruelty, three misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and two felony counts of dog fighting.

He was out of jail Wednesday on a $25,000 bond.

Police said they were investigating reports of drug activity when they found the dogs, many of which were malnourished, and items commonly used for fighting dogs.

“Once we looked at the animals, we could determine that their scarring was extensive and consistent with dog fighting,” Halifax County Animal Control Supervisor Robert Richardson said Wednesday.

Animal control seized more than a dozen of the animals, and as part of Champion’s release, he must find the animals other police-approved homes.

Champion could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Richardson said dog fighting has become more prevalent in rural areas like parts of Halifax County.