DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) - Seven people have been arrested on charges of dog fighting in south Louisiana and officials said more arrests may still be pending.
Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre on Friday said deputies responded to a call regarding dog fighting at a residence in Donaldsonville on Dec. 20.
Detectives rounded up 10 dogs, two of them had been fighting and were severely injured. One of the injured dogs died. Investigators also searched 10 vehicles left at the scene and seized drugs, guns, cash, dog fighting paraphernalia, and drug paraphernalia, news outlets reported. The following people were arrested on dog fighting charges:
1. Joseph Duncan, 36, of Donaldsonville, and Jarret Bringier, 30, of Darrow. Bringier was released on bond on Dec. 21.
2. Keith Williams Jr., 37, and Joshua Jones, 32, both of Donaldsonville.
3. Michael Williams, 50, also of Donaldsonville, turned himself in to authorities.
4. Blake Chatman, 34, and Kenneth Miller, 32, both of Donaldsonville were arrested on Dec. 26.
All bonds were set at $30,000. It was unknown if any of the men had attorneys.
"Cases of animal cruelty will always be taken seriously," Webre said. "We will not tolerate dog fighting or anything like it in Ascension Parish."
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at 225-621-4636.