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WV: Man, 87, found dead at home with 32 dogs

Discussion in 'Pit Bull News' started by Vicki, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member

    Tuesday December 14, 2010
    Man, 87, found dead at home with 32 dogs
    Authorities suspect man might have been training dogs for fighting
    by Ashley B. Craig Daily Mail staff

    Officials with the Humane Society of the United States have alleged that Edward Barrera, the 87-year-old man found dead in his Calhoun County home last week, was previously involved in dog fighting.

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Authorities suspect an elderly man found dead in his home as dozens of starving dogs suffered in the cold outside might have been involved in dog fighting.

    Found on his property were seven dead dogs and 25 emaciated but still living ones.

    Calhoun County sheriff's deputies and a trooper from the State Police detachment in Grantsville found Edward Barrera, 87, dead in his Arnoldsburg home last Tuesday, said Chief Deputy Carl Ballangee. The agencies are working together on the incident.

    State Police Sgt. O.S. Starsick said neighbors told authorities they hadn't seen Barrera outside around his home in over a week. Investigators found no signs of forced entry at his home and they don't suspect foul play in his death.

    Neighbors typically stayed away from the home because they were afraid of his dogs, Starsick said.

    Ballangee said 32 dogs were found chained on the hillside behind Barrera's home, but just 25 of the animals were alive.

    Among them were 17 pit bulls, four beagles and two mountain cur dogs. Seven more pit bulls, still chained to their ramshackle doghouses, were found dead from starvation and exposure to the elements.

    Ballangee said the surviving dogs had gone two weeks without food or water and were in bad shape.

    On Monday, authorities expressed concern that Barrera could have been training the dogs to fight in illegal fighting rings.

    "We don't know anything concrete about any of that stuff," Ballangee said. "Right now we just suspect."

    Starsick said investigating would be difficult because the only suspect, Barrera, is dead.

    "It's pure speculation at this point," Starsick said. "He could have just been raising them, he could have been breeding them, or he could have been training them to fight. We just don't know."

    Janette Reever, deputy manager of the animal fighting law enforcement unit of the Humane Society of the United States, said local officials contacted the group Friday to help relocate the dogs. Law enforcement and other county workers had been caring for the dogs in the meantime.

    She said Barrera - who, according to the Jackson Herald, had been arrested in June in Jackson County for possession of marijuana - was previously involved in dog fighting but would not provide further detail. She called him a "well-known figure" in the dog-fighting scene.

    Reever, who was at Barrera's home over the weekend, said some dogs may have been training for fights but those found alive were emaciated and weak.

    "It's hard to say if these dogs were being used in fighting," she said. "You can't just look at a dog and say, 'Yes, this dog was being trained for fighting.' There's no way to really tell."

    Reever said the recent snowfall probably aided the dogs in staying alive as the snow provided a source of water. A veterinarian checked the animals, who have been removed from the Arnoldsburg home.

    The beagles and mountain cur dogs were taken to local animal shelters while the pit bulls have been relocated to an undisclosed facility to undergo rehabilitation before being released to facilities for adoption. She said representatives from WV Pit Bull Haven, located in Hardy County, came to the Calhoun County home to offer assistance.

    Reever called the community response to the incident phenomenal. Officers checked on the animals around the clock, feeding them, laying straw in their doghouses and playing with them.

    "These dogs were fortunate to have the support of the county after such a tragic ordeal," she said.
  2. RedGoodbye

    RedGoodbye CH Dog

    So drag a dead mans name threw thew mud because of suspicion. Classy;) Fuck the hsus /peta and the media as a whole.
  3. simms

    simms CH Dog

    The law and the media clearly have no respect for the dead or the living!
  4. simms

    simms CH Dog

    I agree! it is shamefull!
  5. old goat

    old goat CH Dog

    a 87 year old man is not training dogs .
  6. wow.... they said the dogs looked like they havent been fed in 2 weeks and the guy has been missing for over a week..quienkidenk?
  7. RedGoodbye

    RedGoodbye CH Dog

    No shit pixie fuckin shit.Thay shure did try to paint the picture that he starved the dogs. This artical is flat out slander.If I were family to Mr.Barrera Id be looking to sue.
  8. gh32

    gh32 Premium Member Premium Member

    "nothing concrete,speculation and no way to tell" Sounds to me like idiots that are talking when they ought to be quiet then if they have no proof other than an old dead man and some dogs that missed a few feedings because the owner died.
  9. shortbedder

    shortbedder Big Dog

    This is some real BS. I hope the writers and investigators get whats coming to them. (carma ) And the old man RIP
  10. simms

    simms CH Dog

    I hope that someone that knew him was informed, a friend. This story is sad....

  11. ben brockton

    ben brockton CH Dog

    all a bunch of bullshit.
  12. Naustroms

    Naustroms CH Dog

    what a fucked up way to report this story
  13. BoogiemanBlood

    BoogiemanBlood Premium Member Premium Member

    A load of HORSE SHIT!
  14. Dido...That's fucked up.
  15. Dreamer

    Dreamer Big Dog

    Very sad -- the dogs waiting and waiting.....

    Lots of dogs and people in this breed seem to know one another.... anyone here happen to know him? Would be nice if someone could speak for him...

  16. MCS

    MCS CH Dog

    I thought there was a RIP thread for this man a week or so ago. But I cannot find it now.
  17. chaser71

    chaser71 Banned

    Fuck hsus/peta fuckin asshole they don't know shit but sure act like it! Must have sucked for those dogs waitin' on their owner to show up for their feeding.
  18. Irish Pitbull

    Irish Pitbull Top Dog

    87 years old, and he's actively 'training' dogs to fight??

    Dogs haven't been fed in what they guess to be 2 weeks and the owner dead for more than a week??

    Fucks sake, the media is scum...:mad:
  19. The Manc

    The Manc Pup

    Yeah wankers:(
  20. 179pitman

    179pitman Pup

    sad and fucked up:confused:

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