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Conway man charged with animal fighting

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Earl Busbee (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Earl Busbee (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - The 15th Judicial Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit was serving a search warrant at a Conway home when they found something more alarming.

During the search of the home on July 25, those drug officers found six pit bulls, a rooster and a treadmill used for dog conditioning and training. They also found several chains, multiple dog harnesses, and "a hide attached to a pulley system which is used to entice the dogs to bite and lock onto," the Conway Police report stated.

"Four of the pit bulls were tethered with log chains. Two of the pit bulls were actually in cages and in the backyard was what is called a dogtrotter which is a treadmill and it's known and used for dogs to train them and condition them for fighting," Conway Police Spokeswoman Catina Hipp said.

Some of the dogs had scarring on them that is consistent with dog fighting. The rooster's spurs had been removed.

"Suspended from a tree was an animal hyde or some sort of animal carcass which would be used to entice the animals to keep them continuously running on the treadmill to give them something to run towards," Hipp said.

The owner of the home, 34-year-old Earl Dion Busbee, voluntarily turned four of the pit bulls and the rooster over to Conway Police officers and has been charged with owning or harboring an animal for fighting or attacking. Hipp said the other two dogs belonged to the owner of the home, Busbee's grandmother, and were not seized.

According to booking records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center, Busbee is also charged with four counts of trafficking in cocaine. He was released on $65,000 bond.

The animals, which were tethered with logging chains or kept in cages, have been turned over to the Horry County Animal Care Center.

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