A search warrant for drugs at the Claremore, Oklahoma, residence of Garrett Bump, 19 and Casylin Morgan, 20, was served on Tuesday afternoon by members of the Rogers County THUG Task Force. Deputies found far more gruesome evidence than just marijuana and paraphernalia--a dog with fresh wounds from fighting, a shallow grave in the yard for a dead Pit Bull with horrific lacerations, and videos and photos of how they were injured and died.
Graphic videos on Garrett Bump’s cell phone showed violent and disturbing dog fighting, dogs with agonizing wounds, and even puppies being trained to fight, according to Newson6.
The videos also show dogs with torn and punctured flesh being sutured to fight again and a Pit Bull named “Tank” bleeding profusely in a bathtub. Deputies later discovered Tank’s body buried in the back yard of the property.
One of Bump's videos showed dogs fighting savagely right in front of a baby bed. In others, you can hear a child's voice before and during dog fights, NewsOn6 reports.
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"We've got a knucklehead proud to show the wounds his dog received and the agony this animal has been through," Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton told reporters.
One video shows Bump and Morgan training Pit Bull puppies to fight at an early age as they scream and whimper in pain and fear.
Deputies also found videos of Bump in the backyard training a dog, NewsOn6 reports.
Two Pit Bull puppies were found in a small crate inside the house, along with a white Pit Bull with severe lacerations and bite marks on its head and neck, Lieutenant Deputy Jerry Smittle told the Claremore Progress.
A female Pit Bull in the back of the residence appeared to have been used only for breeding because of her size, he said.
Claremore Animal Control officers removed the living dogs and the body of “Tank.”
Investigators said no matter one's views on animals, this case leaves little room for doubt. "I don't think anyone would argue these dogs were [not] abused and living in a very cruel environment," Sheriff Walton said.
Bump has been charged with 11 counts, including cruelty to animals, instigating or encouraging dogfights, leaving carcass within 14 miles of highway, use of firearm while committing a felony and possession of dangerous dogs. Morgan is facing 10 counts for similar charges, reports the Claremont Progress.
Both are currently in custody, according to court records, with bonds set at $34,000 each.
If anyone reading this article "rescues" Pit Bulls and transports them to unknown destinations, places them in homes without a careful, physical check of the location and regular follow-ups, or encourages shelters to release Pit Bulls without screening prospective adopters, please remember what is happening in this video and be sure that dogs you "save" do not end up with this kind of life and death.
Dog fighting is a felony offense in all 50 states. It is a felony offense under federal law as well. The Humane Society of the U.S. offers a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in dog fighting or cockfighting. If you have information about illegal animal fighting in your area or anywhere, you can call HSUS’ animal fighting tip line at 877-TIP-HSUS and your information will be kept confidential.