The 3-year-old smaller breed pit bull was emaciated. His chain kept hitting his leg where it created a bad wound. The man unhooked Pookie. Amanda's son picked up the dog and brought him to their truck. "I'm glad you're taking him," he said to Amanda. "I would hate to shoot him; he's a good dog."
"I had no idea why he was going to shoot him," Harrison said. "Maybe he needed space for another dog who would win fights. They want dogs who can grab and hold, but Pookie's underbite didn't allow for that."
Harrison was anxious to get out of there. It was difficult seeing the other dogs in that situation.
A serious problem not taken seriously
According to Harrison there is a bad dogfighting problem in her county. She said she reported the situation locally and nationally but that she never heard back from anyone.
Sergeant Bobby Richardson with the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office said that the sheriff takes animal cruelty seriously and that cases are fully investigated, but added that he does not know of any dogfighters in the county.