Sheriff looks into deaths of pit bulls
by Rory Doyle
Jun 14, 2013 | 2787 views | 0 0 comments | 121 121 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bolivar County Sheriff's Department is investigating the case of a severely injured pit bull found on a property in Merigold last weekend.

The property owners called the department around 10:30 a.m. Saturday after finding a badly injured stray roaming their land.

According to Sheriff Kelvin Williams, this is the second time in the last few weeks an abandoned pit bull has appeared on the same property but it's unknown if the dogs originated from the same place.

The dog, found Saturday, was discovered with major injuries and could possibly be involved with an underground dogfighting ring.

A deputy arrived on scene and the property owner eventually transported the dog to the Animal Medical Clinic in Cleveland.

"We will continue to investigate this case and find out as many details as we can," said Williams. "If people know of any organized dogfighting going on, we urge the citizens to call us with information.

"We are not knowledgeable of anything in Bolivar County but if we learn about this activity, we will locate those involved and prosecute them to the fullest. This behavior will not be tolerated."

Clinic Dr. Allison Bradshaw, who was unavailable for comment before presstime, took in the pit bull on emergency notice.

Williams said the dog was alive when it was brought to the clinic, but the dog's injuries were so severe it needed to be put down.

"Again, we will not tolerate dogfighting," said Williams. "It is illegal and cruel and we do not condone it."

According to the Humane Society of the United States, dogfighting in Mississippi constitutes a felony punishable from 1-3 years and $1,000-$5,000 fine.

Spectators at a dogfight are also charged with a felony, maximum of one year imprisonment and a $500-$5,000 fine.

Possession of dogs for fighting is a felony, 1-3 year sentence and a $1,000-$5,000 fine.

The following conduct will also be punishable as it relates to dogfighting in Mississippi: sponsoring, conducting, staging or promoting a dog fight; betting or encouraging betting on a dog fight; owning a dog with the intent to enter it into a dog fight; and training or transporting a dog for a dog fight.

Contact the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department with tips, questions or concerns at 662-643-5378.