Dogs surrendered in suspected dog fighting ring
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- A judge called the details emerging in a suspected dog fighting ring "horrific and disturbing" as he heard testimony as to why the 45 dogs recovered should stay in the care of the Capital Area Humane Society.
On Thursday, agents testified they found many of the dogs attached to "logging chains."
They said some of those chains weighed up to eight pounds would wrap around a dog's neck to build its neck muscles or used to keep it in a designated place.
Police and agents raided five homes last week and arrested Charles Granberry, Randall Frye, Henry Hill, Anthony McGuffie and Dwayne Robinson.
They're all charged with felony dog fighting after the dogs found at their homes had scars related to dog fighting and contracted a disease also associated with the cruelty.
One dog from Breezedale Place on the east side had to be euthanized due to its poor health.
Agents say Grandberry, a convicted dog fighter, owned the dogs on Clarendon Avenue and offered homeless suspect Hill to stay there if Hill would care for the dogs and have them registered in his name.
On Clarendon, agents found heavy chains, weighted collars, a dog treadmill, a fighting pit in the basement and a custom made kennel in the attic.
At a home on Hague Avenue, agents seized a five-month-old pit bull belonging to Irvin Burt, who has not been charged.
He came to court hoping to get his dog back but he surrendered it instead.
Burt told ABC 6/FOX 28 that if he didn't, he was told he'd face charges himself.
"I don't fight dogs. I have one dog," Burt said. "They said they were going to give me a case or something for affiliation with these guys, so I gave it up. I don't have time for that."
At the end of the day's hearing, the judge decided to keep most of the dogs with the humane society.
A hearing regarding Frye's pit bulls seized from his home on Wayne Avenue has been continued until next week.