ROME, GA: For the past six months, Chuck Simmons has waged a war on dog fighting. As a result, he’s received several death threats. It hasn’t stopped him.
The private investigator for Atlanta’s Norred and Associates recently traveled to Floyd County. A tip to a statewide dog fighting hot line took him to a home, deep in the woods in the eastern part of the county. The trip payed off.
“One of them was trying to stand up and couldn’t,” says Simmons of the six pit bulls he saw. “One was bleeding from the muzzle. It was very cold. There was no food or water. One had an eye that appeared to be detached.”
Simmons called Floyd County Animal Control. The dogs are now in the Floyd County animal shelter. Floyd County Police are looking for two suspects.
Norred and Associates, a corporate security and investigation firm, funds and monitors a statewide dog fighting tip line. The Floyd County raid was the tenth in Georgia since July. The company’s chief operating officer says calls keep rolling into the tip line claims that there are many more dog fighting rings out there.
“It’s really an epidemic,” says Greg Norred. “I didn’t know there were that many people, an estimated forty thousand nationwide organized dog fighters.”
Chuck Simmons says the harder he tries to catch them, the harder dog fighters try to go underground.
“We’ll find ’em. We’re out there looking every day,” says Simmons. “We’ve already put a dent in it in Georgia. We’ll catch them all eventually.”
The statewide hot line to call with information about dog fighting in Georgia is 1-877-327-6911.