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Man faces 19 dog fighting charges after 30 dogs seized in Orange County

ROUGEMONT, N.C. (WNCN) - A man already in custody is now facing 19 charges of dog fighting after a raid seized 30 dogs in Rougemont last month, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said Monday afternoon.

Daniel Isiah Crew Jr., 41, is in custody at the Person County Detention Center, Orange County deputies said in a news release.

 Early last month, Orange County Animal Services and deputies seized 30 dogs as part of an ongoing investigation of dog fighting, officials said.

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The dogs were found at 9316 Hwy 57 in Rougemont, where a search warrant was also executed on Friday, according to deputies.

Deputies "confiscated numerous items including portions of a dog fighting pit, documents and records relating to the animals, and treadmills used to exercise the dogs," the news release said.

Crew has warrants against him for 19 felony dog fighting charges and more than 25 animal cruelty charges, Sheriff Charles Blackwood said.

"Fighting dogs for sport is a serious offense that our laws appropriately recognize as a felony," Blackwood said in the news release.

"Dog fighting rarely exists in isolation -- instead it is usually linked to other forms of organized crime,” he added.

Crew will be served with the new warrants in the coming days, deputies said.

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