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Dogfighting legend receives five-year prison sentence

An undercover investigator recently purchased a dog from notorious dogfighting legend Harry Hargrove, 78, then immediately had him arrested for his participation in dogfighting rings across the Georgia, South Carolina and possibly Florida, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Hargrove was tried by U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle, who gave him the toughest sentence he could, amounting to 60 months in prison. Hargrove pleaded guilty to selling, delivering, possessing, training and transporting animals for the purposes of animal fighting, the news source reports.

The dog that the officer purchased was worth $1,500 and was wounded and severely underweight. Hargrove said he once owned 100 dogs but at the time of arrest owned 35 - most of them chained to the ground with little or no shelter. Many of them are underweight and chained near other dogs in order to create aggression.

Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne Pacelle recently condemned dogfighting in his book, The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals; Our Call to Defend Them." At a recent reading of his book, he explained that a good law on animal fighting "doesn't just ban the fighting, it bans all the collateral activity associated with it," the Lansing State Journal reports. 
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