Area Pit Bulls Used for Fighting?

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

A Thursday morning drug round-up sends more than a dozen people to jail and uncovers more than a dozen pit bulls, police say may have been used to fight each other.

On April 26, 2007, at 6:30 a.m., four teams of officers from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearm, Bowling Green Police Department, Kentucky State Police and Warren County Sheriff's Department set out to arrest 30 people.

The 30 people arrested were charged with 66 various felony drug crimes.

The round-up is the result of an investigation by the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force.

At one of the drug round-up locations 18 pit bulls were found and are believed to be used for dog fighting.

"Mr. Moore - come out here!" shouted Cory Buckner, a Kentucky State Police Trooper.

What was meant to be an arrest for a drug round-up for Joe Moore, Jr., quickly turned into more.

"Little Joe, what did you do?" Moore's step-mom, Beverly Moore asked.

"Got an indictment," Joe Moore, Jr. said.

Eighteen pit bulls were found on the property and law enforcement officers believe the dogs are used to fight each other.

"You mean fighting, fighting them?" Beverly Moore asked.

"What other kind of fighting is there?" Trooper Buckner asked in response.

"When they just get loose and just fight," Moore replied.

Within Moore's apartment, officers found a home video of pit bulls fighting.

"That other dog's just a chew toy for that big pit bull," said one Officer on the scene watching the video.

They can't say whether the dogs in the video were Moore's dogs or if the fighting took place on his property, but the director of the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society, Lorri Haare, said she's received complaints about Moore before for allegedly fighting dogs and that she's certain he's breeding them for that reason.

"I will not back down on this situation. If anyone can look at this dog and tell me this dog has not been fought," Haare said.

Still, Moore's dad and step-mom say they know he's innocent and wasn't being cruel to these pit bulls.

"Well you can tell this dog's been fighting? Well sure, he may have, but not here! He won't sell a dog to nobody that's gonna fight it," Joe Moore, Sr said.

"Dog fighting? He don't fight dogs out here. He don't fight dogs period," Beverly Moore said.

The pit bulls have now been taken to the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society where they will be photographed.

Information on them will also be given to the judge in this case.

Some of the dogs may have to be euthanized and the rest will be put up for adoption.

If you are at all interested in adopting one of these dogs, contact the Humane Society at 270-842-8572 or 270-783-9404, or check out www.bgwchs.petfinder.org.


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