Over 30 Animals Removed From Gaston County Home After Dog Fighting Investigation

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — Over 30 animals were removed from a Gastonia home Thursday morning after an investigation into dog fighting was sparked, authorities say.

Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement responded to a Hemlock Avenue location around 9 a.m. after receiving a report of dogs fighting in the back yard. Upon arrival at the scene, officers found a dead dog in the back yard. They also found other dogs caged in the back yard living in poor conditions.

Authorities also had an immediate concern for the dogs’ health as some were found suffering from obvious injuries.

After efforts were made to contact the residents, search warrants were obtained to search the location for evidence related to possible animal cruelty and dog fighting activity.

Officials located over 30 animals were at the residence. All of the animals were removed from the property and taken to the Gaston County Animal Shelter for evaluation and medical treatment.

The Gaston County Police Criminal Investigations Unit is assisting with this ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective J. Brienza at 704-866-3320, or CrimeStoppers at 704-861-8000.