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Dog Fighting Call Leads To Discovery Of One Dead Dog And 29 Dogs In Cages: Man Faces 60 Felonies

Published: June 03, 2022 at 05:57 PM Author: Penny Eims

Gastonia County, North Carolina – A North Carolina man is facing a slew of felony charges after police in Gastonia County discovered an abhorrent dog fighting situation at his Gastonia residence.

It was the horrific sounds of dogs fighting on the morning of April 28 that led police to a home on Hemlock Avenue in Gastonia. Gaston County Police Animal Care Enforcement officers found one dog dead and 29 others who were caged in conditions described as “poor.”  The authorities stated that many of the dogs had “obvious injuries,” and there was immediate concern for their welfare.

The evidence led to 60 felony charges against 39-year-old Terrance Marvin Cooper.

According to a release from the Gaston County Police, Cooper was charged on May 26 with 30 felony counts of dog fighting and 30 felony counts of animal cruelty; he was booked into the Gaston County Jail on a $325,000 secured bond. The dogs found at the residence were taken into protective custody and they are receiving treatment and care. Investigators also found and seized goats and rabbits from the property; it is unclear if these animals were used to “train” the dogs to fight and kill.

Stock image of pit bull via Pixabay

Dog fighting is inhumane and 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. Dogs forced into this so-called “bloodsport” endure a terrible existence…from living a life devoid of comfort and love, to the unbearable pain of vicious fighting that results in severe injuries and often, death.

A convicted dogfighter recounted one dog fight and the description reveals the brutality of what these dogs face:

“Miss Rufus spent most of the rest of the fight on her back and Bandit broke her other front leg high up in the shoulder, as well as one of her back legs, in the knee joint. The only leg she didn’t break, she chewed all to hell. She had literally scalped Miss Rufus, tearing a big chunk of skin off the top of her head alongside one ear.”

Please add your name to the petition as we fight for justice on behalf of the dogs forced into the violent, inhumane life of dogfighting.

We the undersigned demand that Terrance Marvin Cooper is held responsible for the abuse and killing of dogs who were abused and forced to fight. We are petitioning for Cooper to receive the maximum punishment allowable by law, in addition to being prohibited from owning or residing with animals in the future.

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.


Update 9/13/2022: The defendant is scheduled to appear in court on December 1, 2022. 


Update 7/17/2022: The next court date is September 2nd for all the charges.


Update 6/24/2022: Attorney Travis Page has reached out to Animal Victory and assured us that this case has their office’s full attention. He very much appreciates the petition, signatures, and comments from each of you and will hopefully be able to convey your thoughts and feelings in his zealous pursuit of justice for these animals.

Update 6/22/2022: Animal Victory has sent 13,347 signatures to District Attorney Travis Page.

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Dog Fighting Call Leads To Discovery Of One Dead Dog And 29 Dogs In Cages: Man Faces 60 Felonies

14,093 signatures = 70% of goal


14,093 Naomi Chatterley Oct 03, 2022
14,092 Giselle Mangolin Oct 03, 2022
14,091 michele largman Oct 02, 2022
14,090 Michele Giardini Punishment jail time fines never to be near a dog lock him up forever Oct 02, 2022
14,089 Fabienne Rostan Oct 01, 2022
14,088 Melissa Taylor Please do something about this Oct 01, 2022
14,087 Roberto Segovia Oct 01, 2022
14,086 Xochitl Quintanilla Sep 30, 2022
14,085 Dana Payton Sep 30, 2022
14,084 Elizabeth Amick Sep 28, 2022
14,083 Heather Surdyk So tired of reading about this type of rampant abuse and not seeing anything done to change it. This is violence against innocent beings. These offenders should be held accountable and face penalties as if these were children. Sep 28, 2022
14,082 Alex Washington No more injustice Sep 28, 2022
14,081 Elizabeth Wince Lock him up for life Sep 28, 2022
14,080 Goenn Gibson Sep 27, 2022
14,079 Tanya Morales Sep 26, 2022
14,078 Andrea Morris Sep 23, 2022
14,077 Diane Andrews Sep 22, 2022
14,076 aurélie péris Sep 22, 2022
14,075 Patty Pastore Anybody that fights dogs are SICK in the head They have no heart And will hurt another human Child or what ever gets in there way They need jail time A very long time Sep 22, 2022
14,074 Elizabeth Tennison I really hope this man is punished to the fullest extent of the law. Sep 21, 2022
14,073 Sterling Long-Colbo Sep 21, 2022
14,072 Sara Rowland Sep 21, 2022
14,071 Jessica Swaysland Sep 21, 2022
14,070 Sharon Goodson Sep 19, 2022
14,069 Gretchen Har Sep 19, 2022
14,068 Annette Wynne Sep 18, 2022
14,067 Cheryl Widdiss Dog fighting runs rampant in our country. It’s a disgrace and a travesty, anyone involved should be charged with felony prosecution and jailed Sep 18, 2022
14,066 Matthew Peterson Sep 18, 2022
14,065 Carol Agayoff Sep 18, 2022
14,064 Denise Volpe Sep 18, 2022