Deputies: Man charged after 42 pit bulls seized from possible dogfighting operation

YORK COUNTY, S.C. — The York County Sheriff's Office has arrested and charged a man after deputies seized 42 pit bull dogs from a possible dogfighting operation in the McConnells community.

Officials said 49-year-old Anthonio Latorando Orr was served with 75 warrants relating to the case including animal fighting or baiting, ill treatment of animals, violation of county ordinance, trafficking ice crack cocaine, weapons violations, and other drug violations.

Sheriff’s Office deputies said they were investigating an ongoing issue earlier in June that violated the York County animal-restraining requirements ordinance near McConnells Highway.

(Anthonio Latorando Orr)

Deputies found dozens of pit bulls chained to car axles buried in the ground, and evidence of potential dogfighting.

Deputies got a search warrant, which allowed them to seize the dogs.

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“This is a good example of Animal Control and the York County Sheriff’s Office working together to protect our community and animals,” Sheriff Kevin Tolson said in a news release.

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Orr is being held at the York County Detention Center under a $150,225 bond.

The investigation is ongoing and further information about the pit bulls' conditions can be provided by York County Animal Control.