19 dogs rescued, 13 charged in SC dogfighting ring bust, SLED sa - WSPA.com

19 dogs rescued, 13 charged in SC dogfighting ring bust, SLED says

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The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), the Lee County Sheriff's Office and the Sumter County Sheriff's Office held a news conference Friday at the Lee County Sheriff's Office to announce the arrests in a joint investigation regarding dog fighting.

On Thursday SLED, the Lee County Sheriff's Office, the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conducted a raid at 5165 Springhill Road, Rembert.

As a result of this raid, law enforcement discovered an arena or box associated with dog fighting and pit bulldogs in the back yard of the residence, SLED said in a press release.

In addition, 13 adults were arrested and 1 juvenile was detained, 19 dogs were seized, 7 vehicles were seized, approximately $3,000 was seized, along with guns and an unknown amount of marijuana.

Officers told WLTX that the dogs -- a mix of adult dogs and puppies -- will be evaluated by veterinarians.

The bust started because of a tip to law enforcement, WLTX reported.

The defendants were booked into the Sumter Lee Correctional County Detention Center.

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