Dogs Going Missing in Stanton, Possibly Being Used in a Dog Fighting Ring

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

STANTON - Dogs going missing in Stanton and Martin County. It's a rumor that started a few months ago and that's led some to believe that a dog fighting ring is operating in town.

"We have not had any calls to service any dog fights, but there is a buzz I guess on Facebook is what some of the citizens were saying from dogs going missing within the county," Martin County Sheriff, John Woodward, said.

Woodward confirms that his deputy's have stumbled upon something suspicious in the county.

"Some of our officers have come across the remains of some dogs that have been bagged and dumped. They are usually too far gone, as far as being decayed, to tell really what the cause of death was so there are some suspicion in that area," Woodward said.

People living in Martin County worry that their dogs will disappear from their backyards.

"Well, I don't know anything about it. It's not right to have that going on especially in a small town like this. Well I don't like any animal cruelty of any kind," Stanton resident, Mary Gonzalez, said.

Anne Vanderslice says she's confident authorities will get down to the bottom of the rumors.

"The Police Department and Sheriff's Department they have worked so hard in this community and they take care of us so well. I know they are gonna come to the bottom of this and find who is doing it and I am very much against it. It needs to come to a stop," Vanderslice said.

If a dog fighting ring is found, Sheriff Woodward says they would follow a protocol.

"Just like any other criminal activity. Just start gathering your resources and information cause it's a brutal sport," Woodward said.