Reginald Antonio Dowdell, 42, is in custody in connection with an alleged dog-fighting ring in Jefferson County, Ala., authorities said.
(Jefferson County Jail)
Alabama police on Sunday discovered what appeared to be a dog-fighting ring.
BREAKING: Jefferson Co. SO has confirmed that this is the man charged with a activity with regard to #dogfighting yesterday in Mulga.
His name is Reginald Antonio Dowdell. @WBRCnews pic.twitter.com/0DR2XaLnPJ
— Catherine Patterson (@CatherineWBRC) August 20, 2018
Around 11:30 p.m., authorities responded to a complaint of dogs fighting in the Mulga area of Jefferson County, the Birmingham News reported.
The responding officers heard what sounded like dogs fighting in the wooded area behind the reported house, Deputy Chief Randy Christian told the newspaper.
As the deputies approached the woods, they allegedly saw a young bear of a wounded dog, the report said. The deputies found a ring with 17 pit bulls, four of which displayed evidence of a fight and fresh blood inside, Christian said.
Animal control responded to the scene, while the sheriff’s office took custody of the dogs.
Investigators recovered 11 dog skulls and a suspect was taken into custody, Christian said.
“It is a heartbreaking and poignant,” Christian told the News. “The fact that some people see it as a sport to facilitate a audience for is just despicable and hard to understand.”
“It is a heartbreaking and poignant. The fact that some people can see it [dogfighting] a sport to facilitate a audience for is just despicable and hard to understand.”
– Chief Deputy Randy Christian, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department
The defendant was held in Jefferson County jail on a $15,000 bond and is awaiting formal charges, Birmingham, FOX 6 reported. He was identified as Reginald Antonio Dowdell, 42.
The Care of the animals, and the Control is now in the care of the dogs, WKRG-TV reported.
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