Friday, December 12, 2008

127 Dogs Seized from Alleged Wilkes Co. Dogfighting Operation

MILLERS CREEK, N.C. -- Authorities raided Wildside Kennels on Wednesday, seizing 127 dogs and arresting three people believed to be involved in a dogfighting operation run out of the kennel.

The apparent owner of the operation, Ed Faron, and two others -- Amanda Lunsford and Donni Juan Cassanova -- each were charged with one count of felony dogfighting and bailting. Authorities said additional charges are pending.

The raid was the culmination of a three-year investigation by the Wilkes County Sheriff's Office, Wilkes County Animal Control agency and The Humane Society of the United States.

According to a news release from The Humane Society, authorities found suspected dogfighting paraphernalia on the property and several dogs had scars consistent with dogfighting.

According to The Humane Society, Faron was previously convicted of dogfighting and is well known on the dogfighting circuit.

It is a felony to possess a dog for the purpose of fighting in North Carolina.

The Wildside Kennels Web site states "No dogs bred, raised or sold for illegal purposes."

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