Police are actively searching for a Grantville man wanted on charges of dogfighting and animal cruelty.
The man, identified as Travis Demetrius Cameron, used several houses in Hogansville for the purpose of training and fighting pit bulls, according to Chief Lonza Edmondson with the Troup County Marshal’s Office.
“Both homeowners were elderly and claim they didn’t know what was happening with the animals,” Edmondson said.
On Tuesday, investigators recovered approximately 12 pit bulls from the two homes along with items associated with dog fighting.
After receiving information about possible dog fighting, authorities with the Troup County Sheriff Office, Troup County Marshal’s Office, LaGrange Animal Services and Pardons and Parole searched both properties.
At the houses, located in the 100 block of Woodard Road and the 400 block of South Lee Street, dogs were tethered to heavy chains and appeared to be emaciated.
The dogs were found with scarring, old and new, and were allegedly covered in burns and wounds commonly associated with dogfighting, according to Edmondson.
Investigators allegedly discovered a set of animal bones, but could not confirm if they were from a pit bull.
All 12 dogs were taken to the LaGrange-Troup County Animal Shelter where they were assessed and treated by a veterinarian.
“We’re hopeful they can be rehabilitated,” Edmondson said. “They’re friendly to people, but not other animals.”
Cameron is currently charged with 12 counts of dogfighting and 12 counts of aggravated animal cruelty.
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