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Dog Fighting: Anthony Boyd Arrested, 2nd suspect In Louisiana Dog Fighting Operation

| by Phyllis M Daugherty

The second suspect sought in connection with the February 19 dog-fighting operation bust by St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office is in custody.

Anthony Boyd, 35, of Breaux Bridge, was arrested on Tuesday, February 25, and booked into the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center on the following charges:

--Cruelty to Animals-47 Counts,

--Dog Fighting,

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--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.

Last week authorities executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1400 block of Breaux Bridge Senior High School Rd., in Breaux Bridge, and arrested Jason Haskett, Jr. 25, of Natchitoches, (shown on right).

Haskett was booked on Wednesday, February 19, in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, on multiple counts of cruelty to animals, dog fighting, illegal drug possession and distribution, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and having a firearm while possessing illegal drugs, reports the Advocate.

Louisiana police also put out a bulletin on Antonio Boyd, 35, for questioning in regard to the dog-fighting operation where 47 Pit Bulls were rescued, many of them badly scarred and undernourished, according to the report. In photos of the yard where they were chained, some of the dogs were without any shelter or available food or water.

In November 2010 Boyd had been arrested on multiple counts of aggravated and simple cruelty to animals and on two counts of dog fighting at the same home, Sheriff’s spokesperson Ginny Higgins stated.

Louisiana law sets the sentence for conviction on just one count of animal cruelty at one to 10 years in prison and a fine of $5,000 to $25,000, Higgins said.

Boyd's bond has been set at $140,000.

REWARD FOR INFORMATON

Up to a $5,000 reward is offered by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person involved in illegal animal fighting. Call 877-TIP-HSUS (877-847-4787). Callers’ identities are protected.

Sources: KLFY, Advocate