Vincent Lemark Burrell Arrested In Massive Dogfighting Ring Bust For Breeding & Training 106 Pit Bulls At His Georgia Home

Last week, Vincent Lemark Burrell was arrested for breeding, training, and facilitating over one hundred pit bulls in conjunction with a massive dogfighting operation at his home in Paulding County, Georgia.

According to the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, after a lengthy investigation, detectives apprehended the 55-year-old alleged criminal on November 8th after finding 106 dogs, mostly pit bulls, on his property in various conditions. Thankfully, authorities rescued all of the dogs and were able to get them placed with rescue facilities where they will begin their rehabilitation.

“The sad part is that the vast majority of these animals just craved the love and attention of the deputies and detectives that were on the scene,” the department noted in a heartbreaking post on its Facebook page.

Paulding County Animal Control, Marshal’s Bureau, and the County Sheriff’s Office, utilizing legal advice and assistance from the District Attorney’s Office, secured multiple search warrants in reference to the suspect’s home.

Large and extremely heavy logging chains and thick collars were used to tie these poor animals to trees and metal stobs in the ground. It was apparent that they were kept without being properly hydrated and fed. Many of these dogs were basically left in the elements with little to no shelter for days on end. Furthermore, these dogs were not being seen on a regular basis by a veterinarian, nor were they vaccinated.

Authorities had to wear protective equipment just to be able to safely enter the house. There, they found some of the dogs housed in the basement of the home which was covered in urine and feces.

“In cases like these, we have to conduct a lengthy and thorough investigation. This is not something that we can just put together in a few days, cases like these are comprehensive and require us to work with many local, state, and federal entities,” Sheriff Gary Gulledge said in a statement. “I am proud of the teamwork that has been exhibited in this case and I am thankful that these dogs are now safe. The dark and sinister world of dogfighting is a despiciable culture that has no place in our world.”

Burrell is currently being held in the Paulding County Jail without bond on cruelty to animals and dogfighting charges. The department expects more than one hundred additional counts to be placed against Burrell as this case continues to unfold.

Anyone with information about this case should call the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Tip Line at (770) 443-3047 or submit a tip through the Paulding Sheriff’s mobile app.

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