Sting Operation Traps Breeder and Transporter of Fighting Dogs

From left: Jeffrey Denny, his "pet transit" vehicle and the HSUS mobile crime lab. Jeffrey Denny 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 raid… [Read full blog post]

ESPN's 'Outside the Lines' Looks at Vick's Impact on Dogfighting

Dogfighting Raids Double ESPN - Michael Vick was released from federal custody Monday, with the 23-month sentence for his role in a Virginia dogfighting operation expiring. On Sunday, ESPN's Outside the Lines took an in-depth look at the impact of the Vick case on dogfighting. One professional "dog man" known as Victor Lopez appeared in shadow only and told ESPN's Mark Schwartz that Vick's arrest "devastated" the dogfighting business. "I'm a professional dog man," Lopez… [Read full blog post]

8-State Simultaneous Dogfighting Sting; 450 Dogs Seized

Middle Class Crime UPDATE 07/11/09: As noted in comments, dogfighting is organized crime -- gambling and racketeering -- primarily carried out by middle class citizens. Participants are often valued members of the community as well. The recent Associated Press article names a registered nurse, Cris Bottcher, and a physical education teacher, Rick Hihath, as part of those arrested this past week. Both are charged with felony dogfighting crimes that occurred at Bottche… [Read full blog post]

Dogfighting 'Godfather' Ed Faron Pleads Guilty to Felony Dogfighting

Images from the Wildside Kennels MySpace page that has since been taken down. Rescue Groups Absent UPDATE 02/18/09: Following a judge's order, Wilkes County Animal Control euthanized 146 pit bulls. On Monday, Judge Ed Wilson Jr. of Superior Court ruled that state law defines dogs as dangerous if they are involved in a dogfighting operation and a county ordinance requires that dangerous dogs be destroyed. A number of rescue groups had offered to place the dogs, but none of th… [Read full blog post]