From left: Jeffrey Denny, his "pet transit" vehicle and the HSUS mobile crime lab.
Bedford County, VA - It was reported this week that 36-year old Jeffrey Lynn Denny, a nationally known and "admitted" dog fighter was trapped in a sting operation Monday, as he tried to sell a $900 pit bull to an undercover deputy at a Montvale gas station. Bedford County authorities charged Denny with one felony offense of transporting fighting dogs. On Tuesday, authorities raided Denny's home in Randolph County, North Carolina where they found 16 more dogs.
Sheriff Mike Brown said that Denny acknowledged to authorities that he's sold hundreds of game-bred dogs throughout the U.S.
Denny's arrest was part of a two-state investigation led by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office. They worked with authorities in North Carolina and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). A mobile crime lab, owned by the HSUS, was used to help law enforcement document injuries of the dogs found on Denny's property. Chris Schindler, who works for the HSUS said, "We basically have everything we need for a crime scene for animals on board here."
It is important to point out that Denny's "pet transit" business was a front for selling game-bred pit bulls to buyers across the country. Catching transporters like Denny is especially important as they usually keep records of their deliveries. This information can greatly expand the scope of the initial arrest and lead to new arrests. For instance, the last time a fighting dog transporter was arrested, Brian James Bailey,1 resulted in the Pima County dogfighting raid.
After facing court proceedings in Bedford County, Denny will be returned to North Carolina to face sixteen felony dog fighting charges, eleven misdemeanor dog cruelty charges and one felony count for possession of drug paraphernalia. Due to Denny's previous drug conviction, he is also facing federal felony charges for illegal firearm possession by the ATF. Along with the 16 dogs seized during the raid of Denny's property, officers also seized eight guns and ammunition.
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