Illegal Dog Fighting Ring Broken Up

By: Sherelle Roberts Email
By: Sherelle Roberts Email

The Laurel County's Sheriff's office is cracking down on illegal dog fighting.

Two dogs, one Pit Bull mix and one German Shepard mix, were rescued Wednesday from a home where police say the sport was going on.

The dogs are now at the Laurel County Humane Society, but police say their owners have kept them chained to trees, muzzled, and kept under porches and only brought them out to fight.

Both dogs were so badly hurt when police rescued them that they could barely walk.

Police say Corbin men Joe Lewis III, Joe Lewis Jr. and Dalton Brewer are responsible. None of the men have been arrested yet. But police say they will be soon, and will be charged with animal cruelty in the first degree.

As for the dogs, the rescue does not secure their safety. If the dogs get a clean bill of health they can be adopted. But the pit bull can only be taken in by a rescue organization. That's because Laurel County's Humane Society does not have a pit bull adoption program.

If no one adopts the dogs, they will have to be euthanized.


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  • by m Location: ct on Jul 10, 2008 at 08:11 PM
    what a shame! if these low lives don't get their just reward in court, then a few good men { or women } needs to set an example.this needs to stop. some where in the state of ky. there has to be a pit bull rescue org.check with ASPCA . also UNITED STATES HUAMANE SOCIETY!!
  • by Ashley Location: Williamsburg on Jul 6, 2008 at 10:11 AM
    THIS IS TO ALL ANIMAL LOVERS NOT JUST PIT BULL LOVERS! I THINK ITS TIME THAT WE MAKE A STAND AGAINST DOG FIGHTING/ ANIMAL ABUSE! WE NEED TO ALL WORK TOGETHGER AND ORGANIZE A PRTOTEST TO PUT A STOP TO THIS NONSENSE!!! KYMOM: babys have parents to voice for them! people do get upset about that stuff too. but, do you see people fighting babys to the death... NO, you dont!! And besides more stuff is being done about child abuse than animal abuse! Animals are just like people, give them the RIGHT kind of love and you won't have to worry about them TURNING on you, treat them with RESPECT and they'll treat you with respect.
  • by Ashley Location: Jones on Jul 6, 2008 at 09:43 AM
    I was just wondering... Why can you let the other dog get adopted and not the pit?? Pits are not bad dogs, I have two and they are big babys. By not letting them get a chance to get adopted is just as bad as fighting them, because your not allowing them to have a chance to be loved!!!!!
  • by angie Location: hyden,ky on Jul 2, 2008 at 12:55 AM
    alot of animal cruelty in leslie county with no one to report it to, or no one that cares. i wish someone that had some power to stop it would investigate. all you have to do is drive around and you see dogs chained 24/7 with little or no shelter nor food and water. i've seen little water with mold and worms swimming in it. the hurts creek area and wooten areas are some of the worst. dogs are chained up 24/7 under cliffs "large rocks", or on hillsides. some are covered with mange and fleas. the owners do not care, i've heard people say "its just the way things are around here. the owners never pet or love on them or show them any affection. they are just doomed to a life they do not deserve. i am only one person and if i speak up and people know its me, then they will probably seek revenge, "it's the way they do in leslie county...burn you house down or shoot you or a member of your family". please, someone out there help these precious animals.
  • by grumpy on Jun 29, 2008 at 10:21 AM
    givve them the max sentence its funny that some of you people want the men in this case nailed but feel sorry for others that beat old people because they are on drugs when the did it a criminal needs to be took out wheter it is abusing animals or humans so give them the max and teah them a lesson
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Jun 28, 2008 at 05:34 AM
    To KyMOm....So are you on here everyday? Because I am and stories concerning kids seem to get alot of comments. Just wondering? Face it there are idiots all over the world and they pick animals,children and the elderly because they can overpower them. They need to come across some big mean guy like the one in "Walking Tall"!!!Let them see how it feels to be helpless of what happens to them.
  • by steve on Jun 27, 2008 at 07:47 PM
    I see cows and chickens and deer stuff like that as eating animals and people like peta a bunch of idiots come on get real. But i do not like people that fights dogs thats just cruel no need in that its just common sense.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 27, 2008 at 04:57 PM
    And we wonder why people in other areas think we are all stupid renecks.
  • by Not in a glass house Location: South East KY on Jun 27, 2008 at 01:11 PM
    KYMOM -- if you "think anyone that harms another living thing, whether it be people or animals, should have the same treatment given to them that they gave the victims" makes me believe you must be a vegetarian since you not for killing cows, chickens, fish... Or do you have double standard?
  • by Bonnie Location: Georgetown on Jun 27, 2008 at 06:00 AM
    Perhaps the answer to the punishment is the dogs. They should be entitled to a try at a better quality of life. The owners and/or jailers of the dogs should have to pay for medical expenses, boarding and any training available to try and rehab them to a decent life. Almost like child support but dog support, with no visitations of course. Individuals who do this should be treated as if they need a doctor themselves. In this day and age if can not see something wrong finding enjoyment from watching animals tearing each other up (remember these animals have no voice) you really have issues.

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