Sheriff’s Office Raids Georgia Dog Kennel

The owner of Shake Down Kennels was arrested on felony dogfighting charges.

Posted: July 8, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office raided Shake Down Kennels, an alleged dogfighting operation in Danielsville, Ga. The owner was arrested and charged with felony dogfighting.

Authorities seized seven pit bulls in the raid last week. The raid marks the first Georgia dogfighting bust since the passage of new legislation signed by Gov. Sonny Purdue in May, which strengthened the state’s dogfighting law, making it a felony to own, possess, train, transport, or sell a dog for the purpose of dogfighting. Those involved in illegal dogfighting can receive one to five years in prison, a minimum fine of $5,000, or both.

Dr. Melinda Merck, forensic veterinarian and leader of American Society for the Prevention and Cruelty to Animals’ CSI unit, was part of a team of animal welfare agencies that participated in the raid and evaluated the seized dogs.

“Dogfighting cases are very complex and it sometimes takes multiple resources in order to effectively bring them down,” Merck said in a statement, adding that this effort is an example of the ongoing fight against animal cruelty.


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Marla   Atlanta, GA

1/23/2009 8:26:53 AM

The PETA web site reported that one of the dogs was returned to this man. Is this true???

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Bull   Delray Beach, FL

7/15/2008 5:34:13 AM

I would have no problem with castrating these scumbags so they don't spawn and regenerate. I truly hope they pay, in a big way, in prison.

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Tiffany   Fred., VA

7/11/2008 4:54:50 PM

Hopefully the first of many dog fighting busts! I only regret that the penalties aren't stiffer! I can't even believe how "popular" this is becoming.

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Cathy   Lace, WA

7/11/2008 8:51:10 AM

I would have loved to have been there to help!!! I hope the judge is a animal lover and gives hime the stiffest sentence allowed by that love. Congrats to all of those who helped and yeah to the dog's. This is one more victory in along fight to stop dog fighting!

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