LABADIEVILLE, La. – Four men are accused of dog fighting in Assumption Parish, according to Sheriff Leland Falcon.
Deputies were dispatched to the LA 1017, Freetown area of Labadieville on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in connection with several individuals allegedly conducting dog fighting activities.
K-9 and patrol units responded to the address. Upon arrival, deputies noted eight to ten individuals conducting dog fighting, stated Sheriff Falcon. As deputies approached, suspects fled in different directions.
The following suspects were taken into custody:
-Wilfred Mitchell, 18, of Thibodaux
-Jalil M. Watkins, 21, of Labadieville
-Royal Johnson, Sr., 38, of Labadieville
All three suspects were booked into the Assumption Parish Jail on charges of dog fighting and training/possession of dogs for fighting. Wilfred Mitchell and Jalil M. Watkins previously posted bond. Royal Johnson remains incarcerated with bond set at $50,000.
Deputies took possession of two pit bulls used for fighting and turned the dogs over to a local animal activist organization for care and treatment, according to the Sheriff.
The investigation continued as detectives sought to identify additional suspects.
On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, detectives arrested Calvin T. Johnson, 26, of Napoleonville. He was booked on charges of dog fighting and training/possession of dogs for fighting. A $20,000 bond was set.
The investigation is continuing.