The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department is reporting that, on the morning of Wednesday, July 20, the department served and executed a search warrant at 1209 Penny Road in High Point, and – during the execution of the warrant – officers discovered dogs that were allegedly part of a dog-fighting training operation.

In all, 15 dogs were seized – three adult male dogs, three adult females and nine newborn puppies.

The property owner – 51-year-old Toriano Marcellus Cave – was arrested and charged with one felony count of violating North Carolina General Statute 14-362.2(b), which falls under the animal cruelty section of state law.

That statute states, “A person who owns, possesses, or trains a dog with the intent that the dog be used in an exhibition featuring the baiting of that dog or the fighting of that dog with another dog or with another animal is guilty of a Class H felony.”

According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Department, the investigation was conducted with assistance from employees from Guilford County Animal Services, the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the United States Department of Agriculture.

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department, in the press release, expressed its gratitude to those three agencies for their assistance.

The department stated that this is an ongoing criminal investigation and added that, at the present time, no further information will be released.

Anyone with information on the situation is being asked to contact Guilford County Sheriff’s Department Detective Weavil at 336-641-5988 or to call Guilford County Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000.