Photo Gallery | Sheriff: Man arrested for breeding, training fighting dogs used stolen identity
The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office say they believe a man arrested for raising and training dogs for fighting may be using another person's identity, deputies say.
Deputies say at the time of the arrest, the individual produced an ID belonging to a man named Robert Wright.
However, according to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, the suspect's is actually 42-year-old Burton Lushawn Mincey. He is also wanted for burglary in Lancaster, and in Georgia on a drug-related probation warrant.
If investigators determine that Wright's identity has been stolen, additional charges will be filed against the man arrested once his true identity has been established.
Matthews says narcotics officers arrested Mincey on Jan. 8 and charged him with 20 counts of ill treatment of animals, 20 counts of owning an animal for the purpose of fighting, possession of a stolen vehicle, narcotics violations and possession of a pistol by a person prohibited.
The report said officers obtained a search warrant for Mincey's home.
Officers requested assistance from the Kershaw County Animal Control, SC Probation Parole and Pardon and the SPCA.
During the course of the search, officers found 12 adult pit bull mix dogs and 8 puppies.
"They were living in deplorable conditions, many of them were malnourished,” said Matthews. “The adult dogs had signs of having been in dogfights. One of them had its upper lip ripped off."
According to the report, deputies seized heavy logging chains tied to the animals, shock collars, bite sticks, which are used to discipline and antagonize the dogs, medical and steroid injection items, and treadmills inside a dark, enclosed trailer where the dogs were sometimes housed.
Deputies also located a stolen motorcycle, a pistol and paraphernalia used to manufacture and distribute crack cocaine, the report stated.
Mincey is currently being detained at the Kershaw County Detention Center and is awaiting a bond hearing.
The dogs were taken by Kershaw County Animal Control and are being cared for at the Walter Crowe Animal Shelter in Camden.
"We haven't even had them 24 hours yet, so we haven't been able to assess them,” said shelter worker Sharon Jones. “We hope to be able to, but we just don't know."