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Deputies Break Dog Fighting Ring
By Calvin Adkins
February 24, 2004, ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA-- A routine larceny investigation by the
Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department Monday morning uncovered a large dog
fighting ring. Thirty-two pit bulls were seized along with a substantial
drugs from a resident on Calhoun Road, located off N.C. Highway 43
outside the city limits.
Large chains nailed into the ground with trailer axles and thick collars are
used to contain the animals.
Four people were arrested without incident: Melanie Beth Waring, 24, of 6309
Moore Road, Nashville; Troy L. Murphy, 30, of 701 Marlee Drive; Joseph
Donnelle Hussey, 18, of 809 Tyan St.; and Roy Junior Tillery, 47, of 2417
A deputy went to the residence on Calhoun Road around 9:30 a.m. to inquireabout alleged stolen property, said James Knight, Edgecombe County sheriff.
When one of the residents answered the door, the deputy realized that he was
a "known drug dealer," Knight said. The deputy apparently became suspicious
and ran a tag number on a four wheeler that was in the yard. The tag
revealed that the vehicle was stolen. "From there, everything began to
escalate," Knight said.
The suspects, who were inside the house, were cuffed and a search warrant
was drawn. Once investigators went inside the house, they found four dogs,
771 grams of cocaine and $1,800 in cash. Another dog was chained outside the
On a long path behind the house, investigators found a large fence with 27
pit bulls, tied with large chains or in small penned-in fences. Several of
the dogs had cuts, bruises and dried blood, which appeared to have come from
fighting. The legs of two of the dogs were seriously injured. The water and
food dishes were emptied. Four puppies were included in the count.
A stolen vehicle was found on the path and another was found inside the
fenced area. Knight said the vehicle inside the fence was used to transport
the animals. Both vehicles were confiscated.
Edgecombe County animal control officers confiscated the animals and placed
them at the county's animal shelter. Knight said all but the four puppies
may be euthanized.
Approximately 50 yards from the fence, investigators found what Knight
described as a burial ground for the dead dogs. A dog skull and other dog
bones were on the top of the soil. Two large empty holes, dug by a backhoe,
were also in the area.
Some of the dogs came from an operation the sheriff's department busted on
U.S. 258 approximately five months ago, Knight said. "At that time we didn't
have anything on them," Knight said. "The dogs were in good shape. What they
move that operation here. This time we got them."
The suspects were charged with trafficking cocaine, possession with the
intent to sell and deliver cocaine and maintaining a dwelling to sell and
deliver cocaine. They were all placed in the Edgecombe County Detention
Center under $100,000 bonds.
Animal cruelty and other charges will be filed against the suspects today,
and more arrests could be made in the case, Knight said. One of the suspects
had a brush with the law a couple of months ago. Murphy was arrested on drug
charges in December after the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department and
Tarboro Police Department raided a Princeville home.
Investigators confiscated $900, two bags of crack cocaine with a street
value of $100 and two grams of marijuana from Murphy. He was placed in the
Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.