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Deputies make more arrests in dog-fighting ring
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Three more people have been arrested in connection with a dog-fighting ring broken up by Richland County deputies earlier this month, according to the sheriff.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Stanley Taylor, 23, faces two counts of felony dog fighting, and Jolisa Cole, 20, is charged with knowingly attending a dog fight. Additionally, Santerrio Smith, 23, is charged with two counts of attempted murder.

Deputies responded around 6:00pm on September 8 to 647 Camp Ground Road in reference to a complaint of dogs barking in the woods. Upon arrival, Lott said deputies saw several dogs chained to the ground along a path with evidence of mistreatment.

Lott said deputies also found several people watching two pit bulls fight. Deputies were able to arrest Taylor at the scene, but Lott said Smith and Cole jumped into a vehicle and tried to run over deputies as they sped away from the location.

Deputies arrested Smith and Cole on Friday in a ditch beside the Days Inn on Plumbers Road after receiving information on their whereabouts from a family member. Lott said Taylor and Cole have been released on bond.

Smith is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. Lott stated that the investigation continues, and more arrests are forthcoming.

The dogs were awarded to the state during a hearing in magistrate's court and given a preliminary evaluation by a veterinarian. Lott said what happened to the dogs can only be described as sad. "They breed a dog, train a dog, try to have baddest, meanest dog," he said. "That's what it's all about. 'My dog can kill your dog.' That's what it boils down to, 'my dog can kill your dog and I'm gonna bet money that it can happen.'"

One is named Beethoven. Lott said his ear was bitten off in a fight. He believes others had their ears chopped off with scissors. "Just the torture they go through," said Lott. "They use shock treatments, they hang them from trees, all kinds of things. It makes them mean. The dogs aren't born being mean. They train them to be mean."

Deputies found a collar attached to a chain weighing about 30 pounds. Deputies think the reason they were attached to these chains was so their neck would get strong and they would become better fighters.

We talked with the deputy who's been overseeing the dogs care. "I handled all of them," he said. "None of them acted like they were going to be aggressive toward a person at all."

Deputies say they are available to foster, but they are not perfect. "They are a challenge, but they are sweet," said Lott. "No, they're not house broken."

If anyone is interested in assisting with fostering one or more of the dogs, they may contact Pawmetto Lifeline at 803-622-4748.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/15553762/deputies-make-more-arrests-in-dog-fighting-ring

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