News 12 First at Five, August 31st, 2007
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - The search is on for a Burke County man who's wanted for two counts of animal cruelty.
Darrell Lamark Kentle, 38, of Waynesboro, Georgia, owned two pit bulls. Police suspect he was preparing them to fight.
Richard Daniels is the president of Old Fella Burke County Animal Rescue. He's dedicated his life to saving dogs who are in danger.
Daniels rescued Kentle's pit bulls. One of them has been named--Bo.
"Had we not stepped in...this dog would've died," said Daniels.
The dogs were found with scratches and bite marks on the legs and ears. They had not been fed or given water for at least 10 days, according to Deputy Joel Adams.
Daniels says the dogs' teeth had also been filed down.
"His teeth had been broken and cut and we think that what happened was...this dog was just before going into the fighting ring as a bait dog. Without any teeth he couldn't do any damage to the other dogs," said Daniels.
Sheena Gavlinski has been helping take care of Bo. She says she trusts the dog despite everything he's been through.
"They're not breeded to be bad dogs. That's just like saying a serial killer's son's going to grow up and be a serial killer," said Gavlinski.
Investigators are still actively searching for the owner of the two abandoned pit bulls--Darrell Kentle. If you have any information, contact the Burke County Sheriff's Office at 706-554-2133