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Sumter County, SC (WLTX) - Sumter County deputies have arrested three people in connection with a suspected dogfighting and chop shop operation.

Officers booked 49-year-old Robert Kennedy Ingram into the jail on multiple charges, including ill treatment of animals.

On August 2nd, deputies went to a home on Nero Circle in Olanta to serve a warrant. After no one answered the door, officers say they looked at a vehicle in the back of the home to check the home's address. When they did, they say they discovered that the car's vehicle identification plate had been removed.

Officers then got a search warrant to keep looking on the property, and say they found two other cars with their VIN plates removed. Investigators determined two of the cars had been reported as stolen.

While searching the land, officers also said they found 11 pitbulls that had scars from ill treatment. Evidence collected at the scene led officers to conclude that the animals had been used for dog fighting and baiting.

According to an incident report, the dogs had severe bite wounds, and showed traits and behavior of dog fighting.

The discoveries ultimately led to the arrests of 30-year-old Robert Gerome McFadden, 29-year-old Latoya Janiece Williams-McCall, along with Kennedy.

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