St. Martin

Feb 20, 2014 5:31 PM by Dave Fields and Alex Labat

Numerous rescue orgs to receive alleged Breaux Bridge fighting dogs

As we learn from rescue officials that St. Martin Parish Animal Control is working with animal rescue organizations to farm out the near 50 dogs rescued from an alleged dogfighting ring on Wednesday in Breaux Bridge, La., we are informed Thursday that the St. Martin Sheriff's Office (SMSO) is seeking a second individual in connection to "suspected dog fighting, drug and weapons charges."

"Today, investigators with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office are releasing information regarding a second individual, Mr. Antonio Boyd, 35," announced Maj. Ginny Higgins, a sheriff's spokesperson.

According to a release from SMSO: "In November of 2010, Mr. Antonio Boyd was arrested on fifteen counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, eight counts of simple cruelty to animals, and two counts of dogfighting. The charges in 2010 were the result of a narcotics investigation conducted at the residence on Breaux Bridge Senior High School Rd."

St. Martin Animal Control Director Michelle Brignac indicated that the living environment for dogs at the residence was disturbing.

"Most of them, I was shocked that they were still alive in the conditions that they were in," said Brignac.

Rescue personnel said that they have been working quickly to transport groups of four or five dogs to a number of different animal rescue organizations statewide and nationwide. A director from one of the rescue organizations said she was asked to facilitate the transport of the dogs to shelters and organizations experienced in rehabilitating the dogs back to health from any possible trauma or severe conditions the dogs may have suffered.

Rehabilitation for the animals would occur at their intended destinations. Only after the dogs would undergo rehabilitation, would they be deemed ready for adoption, a rescue organization director said.

A rescue organization director, who declined to be named on camera, told KATC that her organization was called following a raid of a Breaux Bridge residence, where St. Martin Parish Sheriff's deputies apprehended Jason Haskett, Jr., 25, of Natchitoches, La.

"Investigators with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1400 block of Breaux Bridge Senior High School Rd., in Breaux Bridge resulting in the arrest of Mr. Jason Haskett," SMSO Spokesperson Maj.Ginny Higgins said of Wednesday's arrest.

SMSO spokesperson also said Haskett, who had been booked into the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center on the a variety of charges yesterday, had his bond set at $65,000.

St. Martin Parish Sheriff's deputies charged Haskett with the following:

Cruelty to Animals-47 Counts

Dogfighting

Possession of Marijuana

Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II C.D.S.

Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule III C.D.S.

Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Number or Mark

Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

On Nov. 10, 2010, KATC reported that "agents with SMSO executed a warrant in the 1400 block of Breaux Bridge High School Road. While the warrant was being executed, agents recovered 60 lbs. of marijuana, several prescription pills, a handgun, packing materials, and a scale. Additionally, 24 dogs were confiscated along with dog fighting materials."

In that 2010 raid, Perum Williams, 28, was booked into the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center and charged with the following:

Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana

Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule III Controlled Dangerous Substance

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

7 Counts of Dogfighting Paraphernalia

24 Counts of Animal Cruelty

There is no word at the present time from SMSO about a specific connection between Williams and either Boyd or Haskett.

Videos courtesy of online posts by rescue organizations.

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