14 dogs rescued, five people charged following dog fighting investigation

 

SEAFORD, Del. – Five people have been charged after more than a dozen dogs were rescued over the weekend.

At around 2 p.m. Sunday, Delaware State Police responded to a report of suspicious activity in the 26000 block of Lonesome Road in Seaford. It was discovered that multiple people at the property were actively engaging in dog fighting.

The Delaware Office of Animal Welfare responded and obtained a search and seizure warrant for the property, taking custody of 14 dogs found at the residence. We’re told one dog died from injuries sustained during the alleged dog fighting activities. There are five dogs that remain in serious condition, and another eight dogs are being cared for by the Brandywine Valley SPCA.

Police took the following individuals into custody at the scene:

  • 44-year-old Samuel Foreman of Whaleyville, MD
  • 44-year-old Timothy Whaley of Salisbury, MD
  • 35-year-old Byron Briddell of Berlin, MD
  • 47-year-old Kevin Land of Seaford, DE
  • 36-year-old Glenn White of Salisbury, MD

Each defendant has been charged with owning, possessing, keeping, or use of animal for fighting, present at a building/shed/room/yard for animal fight, and cruelly or unnecessary kills or injures any animal, all felonies, as well as resisting arrest.

We’re told each defendant faces the possibility of up to three years in prison for animal cruelty and up to a five year sentence for animal fighting. The defendants posted bail on an $18,000 secured bond from SCI, and part of the bail conditions stipulate that the defendants have no contact, possession, or ownership of any animals.

This investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Office of Animal Welfare at 302-255-4646.

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