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Nearly 100 dogs rescued during investigation into animal fighting

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Georgia
Three Georgia counties involved in operation

SAVANNAH, GA:  Nearly 100 dogs were rescued as a result of an investigation into animal fighting in three Georgia counties.

The investigation, led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, culminated in the execution of seven search warrants in Laurens, Johnson, and Washington counties, with a total of 96 dogs rescued, said David H. Estes, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. The animals rescued in the operation are in the custody of the USDA for evaluation.

The continuing investigation, with the assistance of personnel from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, targets animal fighting operations in the Southern District and beyond.


Barry L. Paschal, Public Affairs Officer: 912-652-4422

Updated May 6, 2022

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 65-22