CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -
Deputies are still looking for the Georgetown man wanted in a connection to a dog fighting and drug ring investigation. 23-year-old Rashad Derrell is still on the run. One animal shelter in the Lowcountry is doing whatever they can to get this suspect behind bars.
"I want to know who that person is. I want to get that person off the streets. I want that person charged," said Carol Linville, President and Founder of Pet Helpers in Charleston.
That's why Pet Helpers is offering a $500 reward to assist police in the arrest of a Georgetown man wanted for dog fighting.
"It's time to stop. It's time for the community to quit looking the other way and understand this goes on everyday," said Linville.
"I see pain all of the time and this is just a completely useless source of it," said Meredith Jones, a Veterinarian at Pet Helpers.
Veterinarians like Meredith Jones say enough is enough. She's sick and tired of hearing that dogs are fighting to their deaths.
"I have no comprehension on how you could treat animals or train them to do this. Why don't you find a job? A real job," said Jones.
"This is about exploiting animals and making money. When they don't fight and they don't respond, they're killed," said Linville.
Linville says she's one of many who pushed to make dog fighting a felony. If you're convicted, you can face 5 years behind bars or a $5,000 fine. Linville thinks this punishment is not always enforced to the fullest.
"Our problem is getting judges in the court system to enact maximum penalties and not just smack hands and send people home," said Linville.
"People are still doing this," said Jones.
That's why animal advocates say people need to spread awareness about dog fighting and if you see something, say something.
"Don't turn and look the other way," said Linville.
If you know someone who is taking part in dog fighting, you can call Animal Control or police.
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