Chained, Starving Pitties Rescued From Dog Fighting Farm in GA

Thirty animals, including adult dogs and puppies, were rescued by animal control officers when police executed a warrant in Meriwether County, Georgia.

More than 30 dogs were rescued from an apparent training ground for illegal dog-fighting in Meriwether County on Friday. Photo: Meriwether County Sheriff's Office.
More than 30 dogs were rescued from an apparent training ground for illegal dog-fighting in Meriwether County on Friday. Photo: Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office.

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When officers followed up on a call about a man walking a skinny pit bull on a heavy chain, NBC affiliate WXIA reported, they discovered a badly emaciated dog, its ribs and spine clearly visible through its skin. Follow-through allowed them to secure an arrest and search warrant on 52-year-old Sherman Holt’s Manchester, GA, home and what they discovered there was a horror show.

Out back flea-infested adults and two litters of puppies were living in deplorable condition.

One dog was chained to a treadmill, forced to walk. A large drum, filled with water, police presumed, served as another piece of “training” equipment where they were made to tread water.

Suspected dog "training" equipment, like this filthy water tub, were among the factors leading to the arrest. Photo: Meriwether County Sheriff's Office.
Suspected dog “training” equipment, like this filthy water tub, were among the factors leading to the arrest. Photo: Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office.

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Many were restrained by logging chains. All were gravely malnourished.

Investigators found other evidence believed to be used in training and dog fighting and Holt was taken to jail on 25 counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals, one count of dog fighting and nine counts of felony aggravated cruelty to animals.

His bond was set at $112,500.

The dogs were kept in horrific conditions. They are now in the custody of various local animal control agencies. Photo: Meriwether County Sheriff's Office.
The dogs were kept in horrific conditions. They are now in the custody of various local animal control agencies. Photo: Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office.

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Several agencies, including the Meriwether County Animal Control, LaGrange Animal Control, Fayette County Animal Control and Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare assisted in the investigation.

The agencies are also caring for the rescued animals.

30 thoughts on “Chained, Starving Pitties Rescued From Dog Fighting Farm in GA

  1. This is why I am all for stricter punishment of animal abusers, not a slap on the wrist or fines. I also would love to see a registry so these people can never have animals ever again. Disgusting person!

  2. Thank God that they were found in time so that they could be saved. They will need help to change and time to become healthy. Maybe some of them can be re-trained so that they can be good dogs. I hope that the puppies and maybe some of the dogs can someday find a real home and a loving family. THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED SAVE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. those poor babies.. makes me cry. There is not enough money in this world for the fines he should pay for the damage he has done to these babies. he should never be allowed to own another animal ever again. they put people on registries for several reasons (abuse, rap, etc.)… why can’t we have the same for animal cruelty. These dogs only wanted someone to love them and take care of them. Not to be tortured. I pray that the vets and volunteers are able to bring to bring these pitties back to health.

    1. Pure filth that did this. I am so glad there are people that care about animals and that things will now look up for these dogs.

    2. Nah, I’d rather have the owner euthanized… What makes you think he’ll stop doing this to other dogs? The laws are too lenient.

  4. This monster should be put UNDER the jail. I’m glad to see that the bail was so high, so hopefully he will have to sit in jail for a long time. He should also be forced to lose his land and pay back for the care of these poor dogs.

  5. I only wish America could legally inflict the same treatment on people that do other living being harm. Let them feel what they have inflicted. Makes me cry.

  6. stop posting these sad sad stories about abused dogs, i am a caring dog lover the stories ruin my day please stop posting them i will drop yahoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. I under stand where you are coming from but if people don’t see these stories those fur babies may not get a loving for ever home. Two of my fur children came from rescue cuz of these stories & takes loving people like you to be their voice…

    2. These stories SHOULD upset you.

      Please do not read them if you don’t want to, but people still need to know this abuse happens and that they need to take action!

    3. It breaks my heart too to learn about the painful facts that there are people who are out there hurting animals AND other people. However, the world does not get any better if we all cover our eyes and turned our heads away, pretending all is beautiful and rosy, and that hell didn’t exist since Yahoo didn’t report them. We need to face the truth, and take some kind of action to help stopping these cruel people (true animals) from hurting innocent animals.

  7. WHY? should we feed these animals, i’d rather give to the innocent precious pups and any other helpless pets. they deserve it we should have a say? One of you freekin hire ups do something since the people pay to jail & feed those human spits. If i could and if i would like to see one of those mother fudgers i’d be arrested for beating there ass and starve them to death…..IT WOULD BE SOOOOO WORTH IT… signed patti the punisher!!!!!!!

  8. this should be eye for an eye has anyone ever thought of that it would stop some if not all the abuse put them in a cage so they can abused the same way

  9. People like this need to be sentenced to death. People who abuse animals have that sociopathic genes that you can’t just get rid of by serving couple months in jail. Once they get out, they’ll be worse than ever. Their next mission might be abusing humans. All serial killer started off by abusing animals. True story. These scums really need to be put away, no joke…

  10. Thank you to all the agencies for arresting this man & for taking in the rescued dogs for healing & love!

    1. All those dogs eventually will get put to sleep since no one will adopt them. At the end of the day its a lose lose situation

  11. Jail is too good for him and hope they also find those that participate in dog fighting too so we can put a stop to it. I honestly think these people can’t possibly have a heart and do things like this.

  12. punish this SOB!!!! it is disgusting that this continues, thank you for reporting this thing to the authorities. I only wish he would be put in the same position as these poor creatures and endure what
    he inflicted upon defenseless dogs. Bet this coward is not as brave with men his own size!!!
    this needs to stop.

  13. It makes me sick when i hear stories like this. I love animals more then people. I agree about putting the animal abuser in same situation the abused animal was found in. Make them suffer the same way..

  14. Thank you all for all your genuine sympathy for these dogs.. I wish we the Lw makers could will enact or implement a harsher verdict for all these inhumanities inflicted by irresponsible callous owner. Maybe they might experienced abused from their parents or from anyone, but these actions are just so cowardly shown, esp. if you are a Man SHAME ON YOU!! You have no BALLS to take the responsibility, then go and swallow your Bid Pride and Ego to SEEK Help, and allow these defenseless Dogs to enjoy their Life and Thrive.
    Just Like what youve wish you have..

  15. Thank you all for all your genuine sympathy for these dogs.. I wish we the Lw makers could will enact or implement a harsher verdict for all these inhumanities inflicted by irresponsible callous owner. Maybe they might experienced abused from their parents or from anyone, but these actions are just so cowardly shown, esp. if you are a Man SHAME ON YOU!! You have no BALLS to take the responsibility, then go and swallow your Bid Pride and Ego to SEEK Help, and allow these defenseless Dogs to enjoy their Life and Thrive.
    Just Like what youve wish you have..

  16. There is no words to describe the sadness I feel about this situation. This person, should definitely be registered as an animal abuser, never ever be able to own animals again. They should be jailed, for a long time. Pay a fine, and never allowed to rent, for his record of animal abuse. There should be very hefty punishment for animal abusers. Innocent, helpless beings suffer because of losers like this satan.

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