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Dog fighting photos lead to arrest, dogs not found

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Leon Green (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Leon Green (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Byron Jackson (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Byron Jackson (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Two men are behind bars after a police officer discovered photos on a cell phone connecting them to a dog fighting ring.

The cell phone was found lying in the road in the Cedar Branch community Sunday night by an Horry County Police officer.

That officer was looking through the phone to find out who owned it when he discovered photos of dogs fighting.

Horry County Police obtained a search warrant for those photos, and after reviewing video on the phone were able to identify two suspects, 23-year-old Leon Dale Green and 19-year-old Byron James Jackson.

Green and Jackson were booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center Monday afternoon and charged with animal fighting or baiting. No bond has been set.

Sandy Brown, director of the Grand Strand Humane Society, says it can be difficult to spot dog fighting locations. But she says there area telltale signs on dogs that could indicate if they're in danger.

"If they've got little scars all over them, or their ears have been clipped, that's for fighting purposes," Brown said.

Horry County Police Spokesperson Sgt. Robert Kegler says the dogs in the photos and videos have not yet been located. But, he also says investigators are continuing to look over the video, and more arrests are likely.

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