Metro requests review of animal control response to dog fighting - - Columbia, South Carolina

Metro requests review of animal control response to dog fighting


The Metro Public Health Department has requested an internal investigation into Metro Animal Care and Control's response to previous complaints about dog fighting in Davidson County.

Two Metro animal control officers, Billy Biggs and J.D. White, were placed on paid leave - not for disciplinary reasons - while the department's response is investigated.

This all comes after 38 dogs were removed from a Pewitt Road home Tuesday when police received word that a man who was jailed in an unrelated drug case may have been involved in dog fighting.

A search warrant at the home of that man, 34-year-old Michael A. Davis, revealed dozens of pit bulls restrained by heavy chains anchored in the ground, along with treadmills, a breeding stand and syringes that police say are used to inject the dogs with suspected steroids.

Nearly $235,000 cash was also found buried in the ground near Davis' home.

The dogs were placed in custody of Metro Animal Care and Control.

Brian Todd, public information officer for the Metro Public Health Department, said Davis may have been the subject of previous complaints of animal abuse, but paperwork on those complaints was never filed.

Animal control was notified of two complaints at the same Pewitt Road address, Todd said. A complaint in 2010 regarded animal neglect and possible dog fighting. And a complaint in 2013 was about dog fighting.

Todd said the dogs who were removed from the home Tuesday were taken to an off-site location. There, two dogs got loose Tuesday night and started fighting each other, killing one of the dogs.

A total of five dogs were involved in the unsupervised incident, with one dead, one seriously injured and three others with minor injuries.

The health department is now supervising the dogs 24 hours a day to prevent any other fights or issues.

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