YORK COUNTY, S.C. — The York County Sheriff’s Office confirms they have seized 42 pit bull dogs after discovering evidence of possible dog fighting in the McConnells community.

Deputies said on June 20,  York County Sheriff Code Enforcement Deputies were investigating an ongoing issue violating the York County animal restraining requirements ordinance near the 1300 block of McConnells Highway. 

During that investigation, Deputies discovered numerous pit bulls chained to car axles buried in the ground. Deputies also discovered evidence of potential dog fighting.

On Monday, the York County Sheriff's Office arrested 49-year-old Anthonio Latoranodo Orr in regards to the suspected dog fighting. Orr was served with 75 warrants of animal fighting or baiting act penalty, ill-treatment of animals, violation of county ordinance, trafficking ice crack cocaine, weapons violations, and other drug violations.  

Orr is being held in the York County Detention Center on a $150,225 bond.  

“This is a good example of Animal Control and the York County Sheriff’s Office working together to protect our community and animals,” said Sheriff Kevin Tolson.

The investigation is ongoing and further information about the pit bulls dogs and conditions can be made to York County Animal Control.