2 suspects captured, 1 wanted for dog fighting in Georgetown County

2 suspects captured, 1 wanted for dog fighting in Georgetown County

GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) - Six Georgetown suspects have been arrested in connection to dog fighting. One suspect remains at large.

Rashad Derrell Grant, 23, is wanted for dog fighting, Georgetown officials said. Rashad Grant was the unidentified subject in one of the photographs below.

Tywaun Heard, 23, and Jamie Deon Grant, 22, were arrested Friday, January 30, according to the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office. The two suspects were charged with dog fighting. The arrestees were transported to the Georgetown County Detention Center

Dashaun A. White, 23; Melvin D. Hardwick Jr., 20; Antwan White, 25; and Shala Armstrong, 23, were arrested following an investigation into drug distribution and quality of life issues in the Sampit Community of Georgetown County. The four individuals were taken to the Georgetown County Detention Center and are awaiting formal charges.

Officials said after two executed search warrants, heroin, marijuana and other narcotics were seized. Three dogs were impounded; a TV reported stolen in a Georgetown County burglary and a 4-wheeler reported stolen in Williamsburg County were also recovered.

Though illegal, animal care professionals say, unfortunately, people will let dogs fight anyway.

"...weak ego on the owners part, they need to feel competitive, they want to have.. I got the toughest dog on the block," Tom Hesselbacher said.Hesselbacher is the Operations Manager at Animal Emergency Hospital of the Strand. 

"Betting is a huge part of it, you know, there wouldn't be much money to be made otherwise," Hesselbacher added.

Hesselbacher feels the people who encourage dog fighting, usually stay in the shadows, and have mobile operations.. making them harder to catch and while he says 3/4th's of the people probably do it for money. 

"Except for the ones that are the cruelest people around, and they just enjoy the blood sport," Hesselbacher said.

Hesselbacher feels these crimes can't be taken lightly.

"There's no punishment harsh enough for it. You know, not just because I work in the field, but just natural empathy for any animal," Hesselbacher said. 

Anyone with information on the identity of the individual in the attached photograph, "Dog Fight ID," is asked to call 843-461-1331. All calls will be kept confidential.

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