Georgia Police Arrested Man for Breeding and Training 106 Pit Bulls for Dog Fighting press release.
Vincent Lemark Burrell, 55, was arrested Tuesday by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office at his home about 30 miles from Atlanta. after a lengthy investigation into his alleged role in the “massive dog fight operation”.
Detectives found unvaccinated pit bulls at the suspect’s home standing outside for days and tied to trees or metal stumps in the ground “using large and extremely heavy loggers’ chains and thick collars.” Some pit bulls were emaciated, while others were very strong and aggressive towards other dogs, according to police.
There were also dogs in the suspect’s basement, where the presence and strong smell of feces and urine prompted authorities to wear protective gear to enter the house.
“Conditions in which dogs were housed, both inside and outside of this property, were not suitable for humans, let alone dogs,” the sheriff’s office said in the statement.
The dogs were taken to various rescue facilities by authorities.
Burrell was arrested without incident and charged with animal cruelty and dog fighting felonies. He remains in the Paulding County Jail, where he is being held without bond.
It is not clear on Sunday whether Burrell has a lawyer.
Paulding County authorities, including the Sheriff’s Office and the Marshal’s Office, have received multiple search warrants for Burrell’s home and are investigating. The sheriff expects more than a hundred charges against the suspect.
Investigators are asking anyone with information about this case to come forward.