On May 7, Screven County Sheriff's deputies found a total of 34 "pit-bull type" dogs at this couple's property on Acorn Hill Drive. Five of the 34 dogs were so horrifically injured that they had to be put down "on site." When the authorities first arrived at the couple's residence, they observed "heavily scarred" dogs living on the end of heavy logging chains, and in wooden kennels.
Brett Dickerson, the sheriff's office chief deputy, commented on the situation, stating:
"I witnessed the most horrible case of animal cruelty I have seen in my 21-plus years in law enforcement."
One of the dogs was described as having most of its face ripped off - a grim injury typical for dogs who are forced to fight one another to the death. Dickerson referred to the horribly injured dog as a "zombie dog." The canine's torso also had flesh that was "ripped away."
Dog fighting is not only inhumane, it often goes hand-in-hand with other illegal activities, such as gambling and drug dealing. Brutal fights have been known to include youthful audiences, who become desensitized to animal cruelty.
We need your support to help put Andrea Sherica Lanier and Christopher Rodriquez Lovett away for as long as possible. Each and every case of dog fighting must result in a conviction, with a strong sentence, in order to deter others from taking part in this despicable and inhumane "blood sport."
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Note: The 29 surviving dogs were seized and are receiving additional medical care.
Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law.