Jason Haskett, Jr. 25, of Natchitoches, 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.
Authorities are also seeking 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 November 2010 Boyd was 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 states. She added that Sheriff’s detectives are trying to determine if Boyd was ever brought to trial on those charges.
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.
Neighbors Martha Bonhomme and Lionel Nicholas, who live across the street from the home where the dog fights were allegedly staged, said there used to be a large number of cars parked there, but only on Fridays and Saturdays.
“We used to hear a lot of noise over there but we never knew they were fighting dogs,” Bonhomme said Thursday.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Antonio Boyd is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (337) 394-3071.
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.