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Suspect in Dog Fighting Ring, Taken Down By Pit Bull While Fleeing Police

Suspect in Dog Fighting Ring, Taken Down By Pit Bull While Fleeing Police

FLORENCE COUNTY – Florence County sheriff’s deputies arrested eight suspects early Saturday morning after discovering a dog fight in progress at a vacant lot. According to WFMB, the police were originally dispatched to the location as part of a lengthy drug investigation. 

According to Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone, many suspects fled to a field and to the woods nearby but were apprehended.  In a blissful display of irony, one suspect, according to Boone, was taken into custody after one of the dogs involved in the fighting “took him down.” That dog escaped but another pit bull was turned over to Florence County Environmental Services.

The sheriff’s office says it is obtaining additional search warrants to investigate a possible dog fighting ring.

Seven of the eight suspects were released Sunday morning. Only Edward Windham, 32, remained in custody as of Monday. He was charged with one count of animal fighting or baiting and was served with four magistrate’s court bench warrants.

The other seven released are listed below.

 

– Walter Taylor, 59, charged with one count of animal fighting or baiting.

– Rodney Cooper, 33, charged with one count of animal fighting or baiting.

– Brandon Williams, 32, charged with one count of animal fighting or baiting.

– Harold Small, 35, charged with one count of animal fighting or baiting and one count of first-offense         possession of 1 ounce or less or marijuana or 10 grams or less of hash.

– George McCall, 36, charged with one count of animal fighting or baiting.

– Daniel Parks, 34, charged with one count of animal fighting or baiting.

– Benjamin Harrison, 38, of 5824 Pamplico Highway, Florence. charged with one count of animal fighting or baiting and first-offense possession of cocaine.

SCNow reports the police also took into evidence four vehicles, three firearms, a small amount of powder cocaine and marijuana and $2,847 dollars. 

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