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Man arrested after 13 dogs seized in Richmond due to suspected dog fighting

Carlton Hardy faces animal cruelty charges (Source: Richmond police) Carlton Hardy faces animal cruelty charges (Source: Richmond police)
The seized dogs may have been involving in fighting. (Source: NBC12) The seized dogs may have been involving in fighting. (Source: NBC12)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Richmond Animal Care and Control officers seized 13 dogs on Tuesday from a home off Ingram Avenue in the city’s southside.

Carlton Hardy, 51, now faces charges of animal cruelty and neglect. He was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police and RACC officers executed a search warrant in the 1800 block of Ingram Avenue, around 4:55 p.m. on Feb. 6. They seized more than a dozen dogs and several firearms.

Some of the dogs looked "terrible" and needed emergency vet care, according to Christie Chipps Peters, director of RACC. Dog fighting is suspected in the case.

The investigation launched after a neighbor called in with a tip about the dogs. RACC officers watched the house for about a week in order to obtain enough evidence to conduct a search warrant. Neighbors say multiple dogs appeared to be pit bulls.

NBC12 can't show the dogs because they're now part of a criminal investigation.

RACC says that tip allowed the animals to have another chance.  

"It really helps us save lives. It really does,” said Chipps Peters. “…A community that cares enough to blow the whistle on somebody and say, 'This isn't right.'"

The dogs are currently being held elsewhere, because RACC’s shelter is full.

RACC sent out a Facebook post, shared more than 800 times, asking for help in fostering and with adoptions, in order to make room for the 13 additional dogs. Those dogs have to stay with RACC for now, since they are part of the investigation.

Chipps Peters says Richmond is experiencing an uptick in animal abuse cases. Neglect and cruelty convictions doubled in 2017. Tuesday's raid is the third so far this year, where multiple dogs were confiscated.

That’s an unusually high number, compared to previous years.

"Sadly, the number of egregious cases that we are investigating… is blowing out of the water,” continued Chipps Peters. 

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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