Dogfighting equipment, dogs seized in south Georgia

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 7:32 AM
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WOODBINE, Ga. -- Twelve dogs, some emaciated and scarred, were seized Tuesday when officers searched a residence south of Woodbine, authorities said.

An emaciated dog and 11 others thought to be part of a fighting ring were seized on Tuesday from a home in the Colesburg community just south of Woodbine.  Camden County Sheriff's Office
Camden County Sheriff's Office
An emaciated dog and 11 others thought to be part of a fighting ring were seized on Tuesday from a home in the Colesburg community just south of Woodbine.

The search warrant, secured to find evidence of dogfighting, was sought after a suspected methamphetamine lab was shut down at the same residence in the Colesburg community at 12127 U.S. 17 on New Year’s Day, Sheriff’s Office spokesman William Terrell said.

“They saw all those dogs out there behind the house,’’ Terrell said. “Some dogs there that night were not there today.’’

Officers found a suspected fighting pit and other equipment.

The Atlanta Humane Society took custody of the dogs because of space constraints at the Camden County Humane Society.

The dogs belonged to Domonique M. Hargrave, 32, of Kingsland, who has not been charged, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A listed telephone number for Hargrave was said to be temporarily out of service Tuesday.

At Sheriff Jim Proctor’s request, investigators from Atlanta-based Norred & Associates provided support and expertise in the seizure of the dogs and the evidence.

The Atlanta private security and investigative firm provides its services free in dogfighting cases, said Chuck Simmons, an investigator with the firm.

“We’ve been investigating dogfighting pro bono in America since 2008,” Simmons said. “We don’t charge for these. We do it to do something good for the dogs.

“One is in real bad shape. Some had puncture wounds,” and many likely have parasites and perhaps heart worms, he said.

An evaluation team from the Atlanta Humane Society provided logistical and veterinary support and evaluated the seized dogs, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Typically, the dogs are treated and those that can be adopted are placed with new owners, Simmons said.

The dogs were on bare dirt in a low, wet area, he said.

“They been on thick logging chains a long time,” Simmons said.

As to Terrell’s belief that some dogs may have been moved since the Jan. 1 drug raid at the residence, Simmons said there appeared to be three empty chain spots.

In the New Year’s Day raid, officers found what was believed to be an active methamphetamine lab in the house, Terrell said.

Officers arrested Mary Francine Furstenberg, 30, and Steven Joseph Fursternberg, 35, both of Woodbine, and Johnathon Lee Solis, 25, of Kingsland, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine. All remain in custody, officials said.

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JRC2024 01/09/13 - 09:06 am
Put the logging chains around

Put the logging chains around their necks and leave them there. No use for people like those folks. Feed them the meth they made.

OpenCurtain 01/09/13 - 10:18 am
Bunch of sick jerks

Some cultures think this is cool, Da thing to do.
If they would treat a dog this bad, how do they treat humans they deal with? Like their kids, their wives, their girl friends?

Learn Spot these sick people.
There are terms, slang used in Print / Electronic Ads by the mentally sick people that get off in this messed up world of hurting animals. See:

So the next time you see some punk walking his pit on a big chain and oversize collar. Ask yourself; Is he trying to be cool and act out a stereotype persona, or he a vicious sick in the head mental case?

BTW: To this day I still say, M. Vick should never have been allowed back in the NFL. The question still remains WHY was he allowed back, was it, $$$$, ability, or Historic PC reasons?

justthefacts 01/09/13 - 10:49 am
Open Curtain

I agree with your sentiment. Vick? I would say potential ability and therefore money for the team owner. Can't argue that. Unfortunately, it hasn't worked out for that particular far anyway.

MarinerMan 01/09/13 - 10:55 am
Let's Use Those Chains

Chain him to a stump in the swamp, and let him be alligator food. And if they were going to let Michael Vick back into the NFL, then he should have to donate half of his earnings to the Humane Society, and ASPCA.

sassylassie 01/09/13 - 02:30 pm
Sick people. All of them.

Sick people. All of them. And they haven't charged the owner of the dogs? i can think of a number of charges they should place on this worthless individual. First, I would like to put a chain around his neck, make him sit in the muck, and starve him a good long time. Thank God the animals were saved from these horrors, and I pray they will find the ones which were missing! What a terrible life these dogs must have endured.
People who chain animals like this are sick, cruel, and don't deserve to OWN an animal.

Jane18 01/10/13 - 09:23 am
Sick? I Don't Think So!

Do Not ever call people that are connected with stories like this, sick! They are no-feeling, heartless, pieces of crap! I hate that word(crap), but anyone that would treat animals in such a horrible way, are nothing but worthless. I think that owner of the dogs needs to be behind bars too.

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