Courtesy Randolph County Sheriff's Office
Courtesty: Randolph County Sheriff's Office
Randolph County, NC -- A Franklinville man faces felony dogfighting charges in North Carolina and Virginia after authorities seized 16 dogs from his property and four dogs they said he attempted to transport over state lines.
Investigators said Jeffrey Denny is believed to be the owner of a pet transit company that served as a front for a nationwide dogfighting operation. An undercover investigation led to his arrest and the dogs' rescue.
Randolph County Animal Control Supervisor Leigh Casaus helped remove the dogs from Denny's property Monday. She said 15 Pit Bulls and one Patterdale Terrior were seized.
"They had been on their chains so long that some of the clips had rusted in place, the pins were very muddy, they stunk very bad, most of the dogs had no or very little water, there was no food in sight," said Casaus.
"A lot of them were pretty underweight, there were a few that looked ok, there was one dog with a partially amputated leg," she said.
"Most of the dogs that were on chains had barrels set on their sides with holes cut in them. The couple that were in pens had makeshift dog houses," said Casaus.
"It's very frustrating that people just treat animals like disposable property."
Denny faces felony dogfighting charges in Virginia and North Carolina. He is also charged with animal cruelty and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Along with the 16 dogs seized during the raid of Denny's property, officers also seized dogfighting paraphernalia, eight firearms and ammunition, and drug paraphernalia.
Denny is being held in the Bedford County, VA jail under no bond.