HAMPTON -- Two Hampton men are charged with selling pit bull dogs for fighting.
A Hampton Animal Control officer contacted the Humane Society of the United States to help conduct an undercover operation.
On Thursday, authorities say they made a deal with Kendal Lamonte Hargrove Jr., 18, and Robert Linwood Hymes, 38, and then arrested them on three counts of animal fighting.
The men, who live on Marlborough Court, are free on bond.
According to HSUS officials, five dogs, some with scars consistent with dogfighting, and dogfighting paraphernalia were seized.
Chris Schindler, manager of animal fighting law enforcement for The HSUS, said, "One of the dogs rescued was a victim for more than a decade; it’s good to know that the cycle of violence has ended for this helpless animal, and for the others."
The HSUS' recently-launched Mobile Animal Crimes Laboratory was used to conduct evidence identification and documentation at the scene.
According to the Hampton Courts Website, Hymes is due in courts on June 23; in September 2009, three charges of failure to have a dog license were dismissed.