26 dogs seized in apparent dog fighting operation in Dinwiddie County

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Deputies in Dinwiddie County recently seized 26 dogs in an apparent dog fighting operation in the county.

The dogs were seized after deputies executed a search warrant that resulted from a recent incident involving dogs and a neighbor’s hog.

The officers were dispatched to Wilson Road Nov. 14 after a resident said that he had shot a dog after it attacked his hog.

The man said that the dog had run away into the woods. Officers followed a blood trail in an effort to locate the injured animal in order to provide aid.

Officers followed the trail to a residence elsewhere on Wilson Road where they came across the dogs in various pens, boxes and cages.

Continuing along the blood trail, officers found what they described as a dog fighting pit and a playground swing frame with a rope and scales attached to it.

Officers described seeing numerous syringes and said that several of the dogs were wounded in a manner that was consistent with dog fighting.

After trying to make contact with the landowners and getting no answer, officers left to get a warrant before returning that same day.

When they returned, they found a laundry list of dog fighting paraphernalia including photos, weights, scales, chains and dog medication.

In the warrant, officers said they also spoke with Dinwiddie County Chief Animal Control Officer Alvin Langly about the residence. Langly said that he had been told last year by members of the Virginia Animal Fighting Task Force that dogs used for fighting in Richmond had been kept at the residence previously.

Langly said that he had investigated in 2016 and found eleven dogs on the property and suspected they were being used for that purpose.

Dinwiddie County representatives said that because of the ongoing investigation they cannot comment further on the case or give details about the condition of the animals involved. The Commonwealth’s Attorney said that they would not give any information until formal charges are filed in the case.

So far, no arrests have been made in relation to the case.

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