Phillip B. McHenry of Powhatan, Louisiana, is the latest arrest by the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office in connection with a major dog fighting ring bust in March.
McHenry, 37, was taken into custody on Thursday night and charged with one count each of dog fighting and aggravated cruelty to animals, and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of juveniles.
The March 22 raid resulted in the arrest of ten people, with an estimated 35 to 40 fleeing into heavily wooded area on Hicks Lane near Highway 175.
Deputies seized two Pit Bulls which were fighting in the pit, five vehicles, and the dog-fighting pen, Sheriff Ronny Richardson told the Shreveport Times. Also present were two juveniles, who were removed by Sheriff’s deputies.
Remains of a multitude of dead dogs were strewn in the woods, indicating the dog fights had been ongoing there for a long time, Sheriff Ronny Richardson said afterwards.
Arrested then were Bobby R. Champion Jr., 44, of Gibsland, Brian O. Isreal, 40, of Taylor, Kerry T. Kahey, 36, of Natchitoches, Carl J. Henry, 27, of Natchitoches, Christopher D. Malmay, 21, of Zwolle, Kenneth K. Maxie, 25, of Pleasant Hill, Loleta S. Neal, 33, of Natchitoches, Quannell T. Newton, 29, of Many, Ronald C. Payne Jr., 42, of Natchitoches, and Okimo R. Sims, 30, of Shreveport.
More arrests are pending as attendees who fled the scene are being identified, said Sheriff’s office spokesman Joe Dewil Jr., in a news release.
The penalty for dog fighting is a fine of $1,000 to $25,000 or imprisonment with or without hard labor for not less than one year nor more than 10 years, or both. Aggravated cruelty to animals is punishable by a fine of $5,000 to $25,000 or imprisonment with or without hard labor not less than one year nor more than 10 years, or both.
In addition, an offender shall be ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation and subsequently recommended psychological treatment and be banned from owning or keeping animals for a period of time deemed appropriate by the court. Any costs associated with evaluation or treatment shall be the responsibility of the defendant.
The penalty for contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile is a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment with or without hard labor for not more than two years, or both.