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Case ID: 19977
Classification: Fighting
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Friday, Oct 11, 2013

County: Florence

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged:
» Edward Windham
» Walter Taylor
» Rodney Cooper
» Brandon Williams
» Harold Small
» George McCall
» Daniel Parks
» Benjamin Harrison

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

Deputies in Florence County arrested eight men Saturday in a dog fighting bust near Effingham.

Around 6 a.m., authorities went to a vacant lot on Heyward Road where a fight was getting ready to take place at a temporary fighting ring, according to investigators.

The suspects ran off but were quickly caught in nearby woods and fields and taken into custody by deputies, according to a release from sheriff's office spokesman Mike Nunn.

Investigators also seized four vehicles, three firearms, a quantity of powder cocaine, marijuana, and cash.

Benjamin Harrison, 38, Daniel Parks, 34, George McCall, 36, Harold Small, 35, Brandon Williams, 32, Rodney Cooper, 33, Edward Windham, 32, Walter Taylor, 59, all of Florence County, were arrested. Each face a charge of violating the Animal Fighting and Baiting Act.

Deputies found two pit bulls during the bust. One got away. The other is suffering from a broken leg and other injuries, according to Herbie Christmas, with the Florence County Environmental Services.

"He's obviously got some injuries to his right front leg that's probably pretty substantial. We're going to be taking him to one of our local vets. He's obviously got some lacerations contusions to his head, front leg is typically what we see when we have dog fights," said Herbie Christmas.

Christmas says the dog appears to be friendly and has given them no trouble.

Search warrants connected to the incident are being sought and additional charges and arrests are possible.


Case Updates

Sheriff's deputies are filing for search warrants following a narcotics investigation that ended in the raid of a dog fighting operation in Effingham Saturday.

According to a statement posted to Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone's Facebook page Saturday afternoon, deputies raided dog fight at a vacant lot directly behind 5104 Heyward Road and took eight people into custody in connection with the incident.

Those arrested in the raid, according to a release issued Monday by the sheriff's office, were:


  • Edward Windham, 32, 913 Chesterfield Drive, Florence, is charged wtih one count of animal fighting or baiting and was served with four magistrate's court bench warrants. He remained in custody as of 12:30 p.m. Monday, according to the Florence County Detention Center Web site.

  • Walter Taylor, 59, 903 Mechanic Street, Florence, is charged with one count of animal fighting or baiting. He was released from custody 9:29 a.m. Sunday.

  • Rodney Cooper, 33, 715 Java Road, Florence, is charged with one count of animal fighting or baiting He was released at 9:17 a.m. Sunday.

  • Brandon Williams, 32, 2719 Ed James Road, Effingham, is charged with one count of animal fighting or baiting. He was released at 9:46 a.m. Sunday.

  • Harold Small, 35, 3209 Plantation Drive, Florence, is charged wtih one count of animal fighting or baiting and one count of first-offense possession of 1 ounce or less or marijuana or 10g or less of hash. He was released at 9:35 a.m. Sunday.

  • George McCall, 36, 619 Brunson Street, Florence, is charged with one count of animal fighting or baiting. He was released Sunday at 9:27 a.m.

  • Daniel Parks, 34, 1309 Earl Court, Florence, is charged with one count of animal fighting or baiting. He was released at 9:22 a.m. Sunday.

  • Benjamin Harrison, 38, 5824 Pamplico Highway, Florence, is charged with one count of animal fighting or baiting and first-offense possession of cocaine. He was released at 9:24 a.m. Sunday.


Many suspects attempted to run but were taken into custody in nearby woods and a field, according to the posting.

One suspect was taken into custody after one of the dogs involved in fighting took the suspect down.

One pit bull was turned over to Florence County Environmental Services while the dog who took a suspect down escaped, according to the posting.

"A temporary dog fighting ring had been constructed. Other items of evidence and assets were seized including four vehicles, three firearms, a small amount of powder cocaine and marijuana and approximately 2847 dollars," according to the posting.
Source: Morning News Online - Oct 14, 2013
Update posted on Nov 7, 2013 - 2:12AM 

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