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Darlington County pit bull thought to be part of dog-fighting ring found

A missing Hartsville pit bull, Biggs, was reunited with his owner. (Source: Margot Rogers) A missing Hartsville pit bull, Biggs, was reunited with his owner. (Source: Margot Rogers)
Darlington County Sherrif Wayne Byrd, Margot Rogers and Robbin Brock, left to right, are shown with Biggs. (Source: Becky Skipper) Darlington County Sherrif Wayne Byrd, Margot Rogers and Robbin Brock, left to right, are shown with Biggs. (Source: Becky Skipper)

HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - There was a happy reunion between an owner and her dog after a pit bull that went missing in Hartsville was found.

Biggs' owner was afraid the pit bull was a victim of a dog-fighting ring in the Pee Dee, but now he is safe at home with his owner, Margot Rogers.

After the dog had been missing for 45 days, Rogers and her family, friends and law enforcement didn’t think he would ever be found.

Then, a call came in one evening. 

“I think truly when the man called me, Biggs might have heard me on the other end of the phone and might have known it was me," Rogers said. "Ah, it makes me cry." 

The No. 1 goal now is for the Darlington County Sheriffs Office and surrounding agencies like Chesterfield, Lee and Florence counties to find out if there is a dog-fighting ring somewhere in the Pee Dee.

“We’ll be getting that information and get with them, check that area and see if there might be other dogs there or see if there is any illegal activity going on." said Darlington County Sheriff Wayne Byrd. "Or did somebody pick him up and think he was a stray dog, which if you look at him, it’s hard to believe anyone would think that.”

Byrd explained that there are still two missing pit bulls from Hartsville from the past few months that look similar to Biggs.

In this case, it’s a happy ending, but Biggs didn’t come back home in the same condition as before he disappeared.

“His paws are blistered and they are raw on the inside and sensitive for him, but they are getting better," Rogers said. 

She added there are also scratches left on his hind legs he never had before, and the most noticeable change is 16 pounds of added muscle.

“He didn’t sleep probably for two days," Rogers said. "He just stayed up with his eyes open, not that he didn’t want to but I could tell he had a hard time relaxing. But then after that, he slept for two days straight and he’s been really tired.”

But Rogers said, overall, she’s just happy someone called in after all this time.

“Every single day I tear up at some point because I can’t believe he’s back," she said. "It's crazy because I didn’t think I would have any pictures with him or he wouldn’t be able to play with his toys again and now he does. Now he’s back and it makes me really happy.”

If anyone has any information about the case of Biggs or the other two missing pit bulls, they are asked to call the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office at (843) 398-4501. 

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