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Anatomy of a raid to rescue dogs

LAURENS COUNTY Georgia (CNN): The plan was this: The sheriff would drive to the property to execute the search warrant for particular objects generally associated with dogfighting, and for the dogs themselves.

Expressing concerns about the conditions at this private residence where dogs were suspected of being bred for dogfighting, Laurens County Sheriff Bill Harrell said, “If anything is going wrong, we want to get it stopped.”

Private investigators with Norred and Associates Inc. will work alongside Harrell and his deputies, leading tactical teams. The teams were made up of veteran investigators donating their time, effort and expertise, along with volunteers of the Dublin-Laurens County Humane Society, who would collect and care for the dogs…

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Animal Control Seizes Pit Bulls Makes Two Arrests

ROME, GA: A raid at a residence in Lindale today resulted in the arrest of two suspects and the recovery of several dogs living in unsanitary conditions. According to officers, the dogs had been used in a fighting operation. Norred & Associates, Rome-Floyd Animal Control, and the Floyd County Police Department cooperated in the arrest. Norred…

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Animals Rescued in Floyd County Raid

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,…

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Private security firm helps bust alleged dogfighter

BLUE RIDGE, GA: There’s been considerable attention paid to the role played by private security firms in the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As it turns out, one such firm is also helping with the stateside war against dogfighting. Earlier this month, the Appalachian Circuit District Attorney’s office raided Mountain Swamp Kennels in rural…

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Case Update – 11 adult dogs and 5 puppies seized

Chuck Simmons could see the dogs through his binoculars. They didn’t look healthy. He saw people going in and out of the South Gordon Road property in Austell. And he heard the roar of the ATV engines, a telltale sign to the veteran law enforcement officer. Dogs can be tied to the back of all-terrain…

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