27 Pit Bulls Rescued from Dog-Fighting Ring

Two men have been arrested and 27 pit bulls seized after a dog-fighting ring in Charlotte, North Carolina was busted.  Officials say it’s the largest ring they’ve ever investigated.

Melvin Smith and Lefonze Williams have been charged with the felony of training animals with the purpose of dog fighting and baiting.

Melvin Smith, left, and Lefonze Williams

Police responded after receiving a tip that several pit bulls were in the backyard of a residence.  When police arrived they found several barking dogs chained up in the yard.  Animal control was called, and they found evidence “consistent with training dogs for the purposes of fighting.”

Police ran a perimeter around the home and obtained a search warrant while waiting for the residents to return.  Once inside, they found a fighting arena, tethers, antibiotics and muscle supplements.

Sadly, two dead puppies were also found.  They were only a few weeks old.

This latest discovery comes just two weeks after police busted another dog-fighting ring in Charlotte.  Fourteen pit bulls were rescued, and two men were arrested.  At this point police do not suspect that the two cases are connected.


  1. Anonymous says on  02/09/2013 at 7:05 pm

    They should be de- balled with no pain med and have the right hand chopped off!!!

  2. Anonymous says on  02/10/2013 at 9:19 am

    Jerks like these two are the reason my baby has such a bad name! May you rot in prison first then hell!

  3. Anonymous says on  02/10/2013 at 11:09 am

    More negreos, more cruelty

  4. Julieb says on  02/10/2013 at 12:26 pm

    This is common in SC, along with cockfighting. Dog fighting groups that close together are most likely related or at least knew about each other. Fighters will transport dogs several states away for big fights so that short distance was not an obstacle.

    The woman across the street from my friend raised a bloodline of big, compact and aggressive boxers. (All AKC registered.) She got over 3k for most of her pups and occasionally 5k. She didn’t work and loved the cash business. Any males that did not sell by 4 mos old had to be separated because they would fight. A small stay dog and a cat that got into their yard were shredded alive by pups less than 4 mos old and their mother.

    The plates of the people who bought her dogs were from all over the eastern states. Some pups probably went to drug dealers for their protection but I suspect most were for fighting. What else can you think when you’re in SC and you see a black Escalade with Illinois plates and a huge Black man carrying out a pup under each arm? When the economy went bad she got stuck with most of a litter and it took a while to get rid of them. She quit breeding and a couple of years later the female died. The female was the carrier of the aggressive genes, so she got rid of the stud, which was very placid and sweet. She only had him because he was big, compact and very muscular. I hate lazy Rednecks who do this kind of crap!

    • Anonymous says on  02/11/2013 at 8:28 am

      Why in the hell did you not step up and say something – she is scum and anyone that remained quiet is scum

      • Julieb says on  02/11/2013 at 3:22 pm

        And exactly who am I supposed to say something to? This is in SC. It is not against the law to breed and sell boxer pups.

  5. Anonymous says on  02/10/2013 at 1:10 pm


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