Arrests made in dog fighting investigation

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), the Lee County Sheriff's Office and the Sumter County Sheriff's Office held a news conference Friday at the Lee County Sheriff's Office to announce the arrests in a joint investigation regarding dog fighting.

As a result of a raid, an arena or box associated with dog fighting and pit bulldogs in the back yard of a residence were found.

In addition, 13 adults were arrested and one juvenile was detained, 19 dogs, seven vehicles, about $3,000, guns and an unknown amount of marijuana were seized.

The defendants were booked into the Sumter Lee Correctional County Detention Center.