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Multiple Raids on Suspected Dog Fighting Operations Are Taking Place

By: Norred & Associates Press Release; Dontaye Carter Email
By: Norred & Associates Press Release; Dontaye Carter Email

UPDATE 11-24-2010 by Dontaye Carter

With a search warrant in hand, Norred & Associates Inc, an Atlanta private investigation and security firm and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation seized 120 pit bulls believed to be used for fighting in Cook and Berrien County.

But the daughter of a man accused of dog fighting says her father didn't do it.

"I use to live with him so I know for a fact there was never any dog fighting going on," said Ashley White.

Neighbors in the area say they never heard any sounds of the animals fighting but authorities say evidence say different.

Chuck Simmons, a Norred investigator said "The pit bulls were observed with severe scarring on their muzzles and forelegs consistent with wounds observed in other dog fighting operations."
He adds, "There were additional forms of abuse including lack of water and food and emaciated dogs. The dogs were being maintained in a manner that has been observed in other dog fighting operations."

"They are all lies and that they should be ashamed of themselves he never hurt anything much less his dogs they were his passion," said White.

Whether or not her father will face any charges is a decision that will lie in the hands of the District Attorney once all the evidence is reviewed.
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UPDATE 11-23-2010 by Dontaye Carter
Numerous tips about dogfighting in two Georgia counties leads to the seizure of 120 dogs.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation say they began their bust around 6:30 Tuesday morning (11-23). In Berrien County agents rounded up 98 pit bulls and in Cook County they seized 22. GBI says tips began coming in about the two counties six months ago. Once they gathered up enough evidence to secure a search warrant, investigators say they got to work.

Chuck Simmons, GBI Director of Special Operations, says, "We want to put an end to dogfighting in Georgia, it's an evil thing we would like for people who see this activity to call that tip line, 877-215-2250 and let us know what's going on."

As of yet, no one has been arrested in connection with the dogfighting.
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AHS Press Release - Tuesday, November 23, 2010. Search warrants are currently being executed for suspected dog fighting operations in South Georgia in two separate raids underway in Berrien and Cook County. More than 100 pit bulls are involved.

Norred & Associates Inc, an Atlanta private investigation and security firm, initiated the dog fighting investigations approximately six months ago. Information and evidence was provided to the GBI and the District Attorney's office of the Alapaha Judicial Circuit. As a result search warrants were obtained by the GBI and are being executed in cooperation with the Berrien and Cook County Sheriff's Office.

According to Norred Investigator Chuck Simmons, a number of observations during the course of the investigation prompted today's raids. "The pit bulls were observed with severe scarring on their muzzles and forelegs consistent with wounds observed in other dog fighting operations," says Simmons. "There were additional forms of abuse including lack of water and food and emaciated dogs. The dogs were being maintained in a manner that has been observed in other dog fighting operations."

The Atlanta Humane Society, working in conjunction with Norred and local law enforcement, has deployed its HEART, or Humane Emergency Animal Rescue Team, to help triage and transport the rescued dogs.

For over three years, Greg Norred, CEO and Founder of Norred & Associates, has contributed his company's expertise and financial resources to investigating suspected dog fighting in Georgia and surrounding states. Twenty-six raids have resulted in 48 arrests of individuals involved and rescues of 600 dogs. In addition to their investigations, the company has instituted a toll-free animal cruelty hotline-1.877.215.2250-that enables private citizens to report dog fighting and other cases of suspected animal abuse anonymously. For additional information, Individuals and organizations are also encouraged to visit www.helpstopdogfighting.com ..

Norred and Associates, Inc. is an Atlanta-based private investigative and security firm with offices in twelve states and operations throughout the US. By contributing the firm's professional investigative resources and funding the toll-free, pit bull fighting tip hotline, Greg Norred is committed to building awareness of the felony crime and ultimately ending such activity

The Atlanta Humane Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Inc, established in 1873, is the City's oldest, private, nonprofit animal welfare organization. The Society has long worked to overcome the problem of pet overpopulation and to encourage pet adoption while providing a variety of programs and services driven by the needs of the local community. Among those initiatives are generating awareness of dog fighting and working to stop the crime by educating young people.

**WCTV has crews trying to gather more information on this operation and will provide more information as it becomes available We have included some snapshots from some of the raids and some of the dogs that have been found.**


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