Authorities said a man was arrested at his home in northwestern Georgia for breeding more than 100 pit bulls and training dogs to fight. Vincent Lamarck Burrell, 55, is charged with animal cruelty and dog fighting, according to the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office.
Dog fighting, where animals are bred and conditioned to engage in physical fighting for the entertainment of a human audience, is a felony in every US state and under federal law. It is also illegal to participate in and watch dog fights. In most states, including Georgia, keeping a dog animal for the purpose of dogfighting is a felony in itself.
Police say they took Burrell into custody on November 8 after an investigation revealed he was involved in “a massive dog-fighting operation,” according to the sheriff’s office. When they arrived at their home in Dallas, about an hour west of Atlanta, the deputies found 106 dogs—mostly pit bulls, according to the sheriff’s office—in the backyard using heavy logging chains and collars “for various things.” Tied.
“The dogs were tied to trees, tied to metal stubs in the ground, and kept without being properly hydrated and fed,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release. “Many of these dogs were originally left in the elements with little or no shelter for days on end. In addition, these dogs were not being seen regularly or vaccinated by the vet was being done.”
According to the sheriff’s office, the deputies discovered some dogs in the basement of Burrell’s home, “where the presence of urine and feces (along with the smell) was so strong, for officers to be able to enter the house safely.” Had to wear protective equipment.” , All 106 dogs found on the property were housed in rescue facilities.
Burrell is currently being held without bond in the Paulding County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office, which says it expects to charge Burrell with more than 100 additional cases as his investigation continues.
“I am proud of the teamwork demonstrated in this case and I am grateful that these dogs are now safe,” Paulding County Sheriff Gary Gulgge said in a statement. “The dark and frightening world of dog fighting is a vile culture that has no place in our world.”
Detectives are asking anyone with information about the case to submit a tip via the Paulding Sheriff mobile app, or by phone at 770-443-3047.