Georgia Dogfighting Raid Leads to Arrest

Authorities seized 11 dogs along with suspected dogfighting paraphernalia.

Posted: August 28, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

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An alleged dogfighting operation near Ellijay, Ga., was raided recently by Gilmer County sheriff’s deputies, with the help of a team of animal welfare agencies and Appalachian Circuit District Attorney Joe Hendricks’s office.

Gerald Holcumb, who has reportedly been involved in dogfighting since the 1960s, was arrested and charged with felony dogfighting, possession of a firearm, and possession of marijuana. Holcumb remained in custody this week, according to the district attorney’s office.

Authorities seized 11 dogs along with suspected dogfighting paraphernalia. Several dogs had scars consistent with dogfighting, according to investigators at the scene.

The raid marks the fourth dogfighting bust in the state since the May 10 passage of new legislation that strengthened Georgia’s dogfighting law, making it a felony to own, possess, train, transport, or sell a dog for the purpose of dogfighting. Holcumb could receive one to five years in prison and a minimum fine of $5,000 or both if convicted.

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sharon   Miami, FL

8/21/2011 2:06:27 PM

I am so glad they are finally cracking down on this horrible crime! these people are similar to Sadists to enjoy watching helpless animals inflict pain on each other for the "so called human?) beings pleasure and profit. these people are serial killers in training according to the FBI profilers, they start out abusing and killing defenseless animals and then "graduate" to abusing vulnerable members of society, like homeless people, Senior citizens and/or children. They deserve stiff penalties. may they rot in jail!

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MAREI   TYTY, GA

5/16/2009 5:07:33 PM

I think he sure been lock up and key throw away.It wrong .Those poor dogs, don;t know which way togo.Its sad to know thah people out there will do that to a poor dog. IT NEEDS TO STOP....

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Cheryl   Conway, MO

8/28/2008 7:18:12 PM

Its about time that states started cracking down on people who use dogs to fight.

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linda h.   greenwood, SC

8/28/2008 6:13:38 PM

What happened to innocent till proven guilty? How do you charge someone with intent to fight dogs. He was not arrested for fighting dogs, but with the intent to fight dogs. I know plenty of people with treadmills who let thier dogs workout. What about Cesar, the Dog Whisperer? He works dogs out all the time. All I can say is that if everyone does'nt stop BSL now, you better look out. Fido the Chow and Bengi the Peekapoo will be next. PETA freaks won't stop till have all the dogs.

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