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Springfield woman charged with dog fighting bonds out of jail

Simone Lamar (Source: Effingham Co. Sheriff's Office) Simone Lamar (Source: Effingham Co. Sheriff's Office)

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office says Simone Lamar, 26, of Springfield, is now out of jail after an Effingham County Magistrate Court Judge set her bond at $6,000.

Lamar is facing charges of dog fighting, cruelty to animals, and methods of disposal of dead animals.

Tuesday, deputies say a work crew found a cooler behind a Oakton Dr. home with a decomposed dog inside of it. Effingham County deputies later found four more living pit bulls chained to the mobile home. One of the dogs appeared to be malnourished and had visible injuries that deputies say are consistent with dog fighting.

Investigators obtained a search warrant and later found items used for dog fighting, including a treadmill for dogs, restraint devices, padlocks, chains, cable cords used to wrap around their necks, vitamins and other unknown solutions with syringes which were used to inject the dogs, according to the Effingham County Sheriff's Office.

The surviving dogs are now being housed at the Effingham County Animal Control until their case goes to court.

Director Romie Currier said, "Their temperament is fine. When a dog comes into a kennel and there are a lot of dogs in there, they're kind of nervous. But they've settled down pretty good and kind of went with the flow."

Times are tough for Effingham County Animal Control though. With an influx of animals from Georgia, South Carolina and Florida being housed there, they need folk's help.

"We rely heavily, as much as we can, on donations and the kindness of the public to take care of the amount of animals we have to take care of on a day to day basis. All help is very much appreciated," said Currier.

Currier said the animal shelter has been getting lots of calls from people who would like to adopt the dogs but they must wait until a judge rules whether or not the pet be returned to the owner.

Still, anyone wishing to adopt the dogs can call the Effingham County Animal Control 912.754.2109 to have their name placed on a list. 

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