Multiple medications, needles and creams to treat wounds were found inside the home, as well as blood thinners, the warrant reveals. A bite stick, which the warrant states is used during training to pry a dog’s mouth open when it won’t let go of another dog, was also located.
The Cherokee marshal’s office said they found multiple American Dog Breeders Association registration certificates that listed Thaxton as a breeder. The warrant also accuses Thaxton of selling canines to 55-year-old Vincent Lemark Burrell of Paulding County, who was arrested last month for allegedly running a massive dogfighting operation.
More than 100 dogs were rescued from Burrell’s Dallas home after they were found in conditions the Paulding sheriff’s office said were “not fit for humans, much less dogs.” The dogs were tied to various objects with large, extremely heavy logging chains and thick collars, the AJC previously reported. Some of them were emaciated, while others displayed extreme aggression toward other dogs.