- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

MANY, La. (AP) - A dozen people were arrested when Sabine Parish deputies raided a dogfighting event in progress in the woods of a rural area of the parish.

Sheriff’s office Warden Joe Dewil Jr. tells The Town Talk (https://townta.lk/P58QuZ ) deputies arrested 10 adults and two juveniles during Saturday night’s raid, while dozens more fled from the scene.

It’s a well-kept secret that (dogfighting) goes on around here,” Dewil said. “I’ve been in law enforcement for 20 years in Sabine Parish, and we’ve had reports of dogfighting from the beginning.”

Dewil says the dogfighting ring is one the department had been investigating for several months with help from tips from citizens.

The dogfight was taking place near Hicks Lane off La. Highway 175 in a wooded area about 300 yards from nearby houses.

Dewil says each adult was booked in the Sabine Parish Detention Center on dogfighting and aggravated cruelty to animal charges, as well as two counts of contributing to the delinquency of juveniles.

Deputies seized five vehicles, cash and two dogs in the raid.

Dewil said none of those arrested were in possession of drugs or firearms, but deputies found small amounts of narcotics and a handgun in the woods during a secondary search of the area.

Sabine Parish Sheriff Ronny Richardson said numerous dead dogs were found strewn in the woods, indicating dogfighting had been ongoing there for a long time.

About 40 people had gathered for the dogfight. Dewil said no further arrests have been made, but more arrests are expected.


Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, https://www.thetowntalk.com

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