Deputies bust alleged dog fighting ring in Florence County

Officers arrested eight people in connection with a dog fighting operation on Heyward Road in the Effingham community Saturday, according to Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone.

He says many of the suspects tried to get away by running into the woods, but were caught.

Their names and charges aren't being released at this time.

One pit bull was turned over to Florence County Environmental Services.

Boone says they seized a makeshift dog fighting ring, four cars, three guns, marijuana, cocaine and about $2800 in cash.

We will continue to follow this incident and post more information as it becomes available.