LAWRENCEVILLE - After seeing a news segment about dogfighting that infuriated him, Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway is literally putting his money where his mouth is.
Conway, who has rescued a number of animals from shelters, is offering a one-time, personal reward of $10,000 to anyone who can provide the department with information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in dogfighting in Gwinnett county.
"I just saw this news interview with this lady who said she raised fighting dogs and didn't see anything wrong with it," Conway said. "I think that is a bunch of bull. I obviously feel strongly about this, and surely $10,000 could help start to put a stop to this."
Conway said he and his wife, Judge Carla Brown, have been rescuing animals from shelters for years, and the couple has multiple dogs.
"It just infuriates me," Conway said. "It's just crude and barbaric to fight dogs. I wouldn't know why anyone would want to get involved in it. And I want to make sure it's not going on in Gwinnett County."
Although the Sheriff said he knows dogfighting cannot be stopped with just his one reward, he said he hopes his efforts are a start.
"It won't stop at just one (reward), I'll probably have to find some friends who are willing to do the same, and I'm sure they will," Conway said.
Although the Sheriff's actions seem to correlate with the recent allegations brought against Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, Conway said his actions are not in response to nor is he commenting specifically on the Vick case.
Conway said at this time he hasn't heard of any rumors of dogfighting in the county but said law enforcement is often the last to know and hopes his efforts will lead someone to come forward with information.
"I haven't heard of it (fighting), but law enforcement is like parents, usually the last to know," Conway said.
Anyone with information about possible dogfighting rings in the county can call the Sheriff's Department at 770-822-3140.