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Couple Charged With Dog-Fighting After Dozens Of Dogs Found On Chains, With Horrific Injuries

Published: May 19, 2021 at 06:08 AM Author: Penny Eims

Sylvania, Georgia – Two people in Sylvania, Georgia, are facing charges associated with dog-fighting after the authorities found dozens of dogs living in wooden kennels, and restrained on heavy chains. The couple, identified as Andrea Sherica Lanier, 37, and Christopher Rodriquez Lovett, 37, were arrested in early May after the Screven County Animal Control was contacted about a case of potential animal cruelty at a residence on Acorn Hill Drive.

Andrea Lanier is charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty, and Christopher Lovett is charged with five counts of Aggravated Animal Cruelty and one count of Dog Fighting. Please add your name to the petition to help get the maximum sentence for this couple!

On May 7, Screven County Sheriff’s deputies found a total of 34 “pit-bull type” dogs at this couple’s property on Acorn Hill Drive. Five of the 34 dogs were so horrifically injured that they had to be put down “on-site.” When the authorities first arrived at the couple’s residence, they observed “heavily scarred” dogs living on the end of heavy logging chains, and in wooden kennels.

Brett Dickerson, the sheriff’s office chief deputy, commented on the situation, stating:

“I witnessed the most horrible case of animal cruelty I have seen in my 21-plus years in law enforcement.”

One of the dogs was described as having most of its face ripped off – a grim injury typical for dogs who are forced to fight one another to the death. Dickerson referred to the horribly injured dog as a “zombie dog.” The canine’s torso also had flesh that was “ripped away.”

Dog fighting is not only inhumane, it often goes hand-in-hand with other illegal activities, such as gambling and drug dealing. Brutal fights have been known to include youthful audiences, who become desensitized to animal cruelty.

We need your support to help put Andrea Sherica Lanier and Christopher Rodriquez Lovett away for as long as possible. Each and every case of dog fighting must result in a conviction, with a strong sentence, in order to deter others from taking part in this despicable and inhumane “blood sport.”

Please add your name today!

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Note: The 29 surviving dogs were seized and are receiving additional medical care.

Note: Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law. Animal Victory relies upon the authorities and the court system to determine guilt or innocence.

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Update 7/23/2022: The case was not heard by the grand jury for indictment on July’s date. The next court date has been scheduled for October 3rd. 

Update 5/3/2022: Animal Victory has sent 29,346 signatures to District Attorney Ben Edwards. The next court date is scheduled for July 2022.

Update 2/23/2022: Animal Victory has learned that the District Attorney has not sent over the warrants yet – they are still waiting for the Grand Jury. The next meeting is scheduled for April 4, 2022. If you haven’t already signed, please sign now! Animal Victory is fighting for the maximum punishment for both suspects! 

Update 6/21/21: Today Animal Victory sent over 15,600 signatures and comments to DA Ben Edwards.

PRIOR SIGNATURES : 15692

Couple Charged With Dog-Fighting After Dozens Of Dogs Found On Chains, With Horrific Injuries

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PETITION SIGNATURES:
13,850 John Robertson Nov 30, 2022
13,849 Rhoda Fisher Nov 29, 2022
13,848 Carla Ellis Nov 29, 2022
13,847 Dana Dykes Nov 19, 2022
13,846 Claire Sefiane Nov 01, 2022
13,845 Janet Sweeney Lock these 2 up for what theyve done to those poor dogs. I'd like someone to RIP their faces off...see how that feels..Janet Sweeney Oct 26, 2022
13,844 Lisa Cairns Oct 20, 2022
13,843 Massimo Caligara Oct 16, 2022
13,842 Gina jade De Minelli Oct 15, 2022
13,841 Carolina Pino Oct 15, 2022
13,840 Gérard Goulette Oct 14, 2022
13,839 Mirlan Bayaman Oct 09, 2022
13,838 Shannon Nichols Oct 07, 2022
13,837 Lisa Villasenor Oct 06, 2022
13,836 Naomi Chatterley Oct 03, 2022
13,835 Fabienne Rostan Oct 01, 2022
13,834 LEO MENDEZ CHAIN THESE TWO LOW LIFE CRUEL BASTARDS TO A TREE FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES FOR WHAT THEY DID TO THESE INNOCENT DOGS!!! Sep 25, 2022
13,833 MARIE BOTEILHO Sep 25, 2022
13,832 Andrea Morris Sep 23, 2022
13,831 Guisselle Martinez Sep 17, 2022
13,830 paula mitchell Sep 16, 2022
13,829 Jennifer Warrow Sep 12, 2022
13,828 Carmen Verdugo Sep 11, 2022
13,827 Kelly A Kalish Sep 10, 2022
13,826 Michelle Krueger Sep 09, 2022
13,825 Tammy Welch Sep 07, 2022
13,824 Jeffrey Clouatre Sep 04, 2022
13,823 Nancy Coupe Sep 03, 2022
13,822 Karen Broten What evil sons of bitches they are. Lock them up and throw away the key Aug 16, 2022
13,821Anonymous This is a horrific crime! The current charges are insufficient for the crimes committed! Aug 16, 2022

PRIOR SIGNATURES : 15692