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Sheriff's eager to shut down dog fighting rings

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November 21, 2007

Cairo--  Just back from the Sheriff's Association conference, Grady county Sheriff Harry Young says its clear that dog fighting is a problem all over the state.  "Matter of fact, that's one of our main topics at the conference is getting at more and more activity, fighting activity with animals," Young says.

And while both in Grady county, and at the Thomas county humane society, officials say dog fighting is prevalent, there's not much they can do about it.  "At least once or twice a month we probably have something going on. We may not know about it but we often are suspicious that its occurring," says Carol Jones, Executive Director of the Thomas County Humane Society.

But that's what the Sheriff's Association is trying to change.  They've established a fund to distribute rewards of up to $5,000 for tips leading to dog fighting convictions.  "Anywhere they can prove, that you know its going on. Give us credible evidence where we can go on and make some arrests," Young says.

Time will only tell if the reward will be enough to get people to come forward.   "We offered some rewards about a year ago and we got very few results from it," Jones says.  But most importantly, it's a place to start.  "It signals a new error in the visibility of the dog fighting industry so to speak," she says.

And the victims of the crime will take all the help they can get.  If you have any information about dog fighting in your area, contact your local sheriff's office.

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