An Alabama man, David Bernard Grace, has been charged by the federal government with 10 felony dog fighting-related offenses. According to the federal court records, a federal grand jury returned a 10-count felony indictment against the 42-year-old man, known as “Blackwood.”
Grace became the 14th suspect arrested as part of what’s become the country’s second-largest dog fighting ring. Authorities seized 37 dogs from properties associated with Grace, including his Dothan home and another in Abbeville, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reports. All the dogs seized were American Pit Bull Terriers.
Agents with the FBI arrested Grace late last month for his alleged involvement in an on-going, multi-state dog fighting probe that stretches across Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and into Texas.
His arrest and the dog seizures bring the total to 466 dogs removed from just this one alleged dog-fighting ring, and provides a glimpse into the vastness of the dark world of blood sports in this country.
Grace became the sixth suspect from Alabama arrested, and the third from the Wiregrass region. Two of the suspects are from Elba, along with two others from Auburn and another from Opelika.
According to the indictment, the federal government charged Grace with offenses that constitute the purchase, sale, delivery, possession and/or training of a dog for the participation in an animal-fighting venture.
Three of the offenses in the indictment allegedly occurred in Houston County, and the other seven allegedly occurred in Henry County. All allegedly happened on Oct. 10. According to the indictment, each of the 10 offenses involved different dogs.
Grace reportedly admitted to breeding Pit Bulls but denied any involvement in dog fighting. Agents served a search warrant at his home earlier this month where they found a “slat mill,” a type of treadmill commonly used for training pit bulls as part of the pre-match conditioning.
Seven chickens were also seized as part of the investigation. Chickens or other small animals are often used as bait to motivate the dogs to run harder and longer on a treadmill or ginny when conditioning them for a fight.
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.
Source: Dothan Eagle