YORK COUNTY, SC – More than 80 dogs have been seized in a Sunday morning operation to combat illegal breeding and fighting dogs in York County. The operation was coordinated by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). York County Deputies assisted with executing a search warrant at adjoining properties off of the 1800 block of Wildcat Creek Road, Rock Hill, SC.
During the early morning search on September 25, 2022, approximately 50 pitbull dogs and 30 beagles were found. The dogs were taken by York County Animal Control and a contract company that specializes in rescuing fighting dogs. During the search, three people were taken into custody on other charges in reference to stolen property and various narcotics charges.
“Animal cruelty on any level is disturbing,” said Sheriff Kevin Tolson. “We’re grateful to work with all levels of law enforcement to combat the evilness of animal fighting. I urge the courts to help render justice from this point moving forward.”
This is an ongoing investigation. More information about the operation will come from the USDA and SLED.