More than 30 abused pit bulls found in Georgia; man charged

Authorities arrested a Meriwether County man after they found more than 30 emaciated and flea-infested pit bulls on his property, Sheriff Chuck Smith said.

A litter of pit-bull puppies was also found Friday on the property in Manchester, as well as evidence of training and dogfighting, Smith said.

Sherman Holt, 52, of a Chapel Hill Road address, was charged with one count of dogfighting, 25 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and nine counts of felony animal cruelty, Smith said. Bond is $112,500.

Investigators found a pit bull that was chained to a treadmill being forced to walk, Smith said. Most of the adult dogs were chained to car axles that were buried in the ground.

A large plastic drum filled with water that had chains attached to both sides was found. This apparently was used to make the dogs tread water, Smith said.

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The pit bulls are now in the care of animal-control agencies from several counties, Smith said.

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