Pooch trades dogfighting ring for owner’s bed

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ben Hillyer/The Natchez Democrat — Abby may not be a deputy at the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, but the 8-month-old pit bull puppy is treated like royalty at deputy Robert Moore’s house. Moore adopted the puppy after it was rescued from a cage in LaGrange subdivision near a dogfighting ring that the ACSO was investigating.

NATCHEZ — Every dog has its day, and one local pit bull puppy was rescued from a grim fate in the world of dogfighting to spend the rest of her days with a local sheriff’s deputy.

Abby, a brown 8-month-old pit bull with golden eyes, was found in a cage in LaGrange Subdivision while the Adams County Sheriff’s Office was investigating an anonymous tip of a dogfight in September 2011. Five adult pit bulls were also found at the scene of the reported dogfight. One dog died from injuries, and the rest were euthanized as required by law.

Dogfighting charges were dropped against the two men initially charged in connection with the incident in September, but the men were arrested again March 30 on a grand jury indictment for dogfighting in connection with the same incident.

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Abby was not part of the dog fighting, so she was taken into custody by the Natchez-Adams County Humane Society and has been at the shelter since September. Adams County Deputy Robby Moore said he was recently working a separate case involving the humane society when volunteers at the shelter told him about Abby.

Moore decided to give Abby a forever home and adopted her last month.

“I wanted another dog, so I knew I was taking her home before I saw her, but I instantly fell in love with her,” Moore said.

Abby now has the run of the house, Moore said.

“She does what she wants,” he said. “She has fun with everybody.”

Moore is quite the animal lover, with dogs, cats, chickens, goats, ducks and snakes as pets on his farm.

He said Abby enjoys running and playing outside, but he said he thinks she is most content ruling over the household.

“When she’s laying in the bed on my pillow, that’s when she’s really happy,” he said laughing.

Abby is still a bit skittish after spending most of her life in a cage, Moore said, but he said the dog is as happy and playful as any dog could be.

“She doesn’t have a bit of aggression in her, unless you’re a hairbrush,” he said. “I don’t think we have a hairbrush with a handle left in the house.”