Conway man indicted on animal fighting charge

troot@thesunnews.comOctober 4, 2013 

Earl Dion Busbee

— An Horry County grand jury indicted a Conway man in connection with animal fighting, according to court records.

Earl Dion Busbee, 34, was indicted on a charge of owning or harboring animals for fighting or attack, according to indictments released Wednesday.

Conway police charged Busbee after officers were called about 1 p.m. July 25 to assist agents with the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit because they found multiple dogs in the backyard of a house where a search warrant was executed.

At the time of the incident, police also charged Busbee with three counts of trafficking in cocaine. Busbee was released the next day on $5,000 bail on the animal charge and $45,000 bail on the drug charges, according to records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Conway officers found six pit bulls and a rooster in the backyard and four of the dogs were held by log chains while the other two were inside a fenced enclosure, police said. A Dogtrotter USA treadmill used for dog training and conditioning also was located in the fenced area, along with multiple dog harnesses, additional logging chains and a hide attached to a pulley system, which is used to entice the dogs to bite and lock onto.

The rooster with its spurs removed was also located in a cage within the fenced enclosure, police said. The homeowner voluntarily surrendered the treadmill, the rooster and four of the six dogs to animal control officers, after police searched the area.

Two of the surrendered dogs were found to have scarring about their heads and bodies consistent with dog fighting, police said.

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