UPDATE: Valdosta > Possible Dog Fighting Ring Investigation Continues

| April 16, 2015

Valdosta Police

UPDATE: VALDOSTA — Valdosta Police Department officials interviewed 39-year-old James Bell III about the dogs rescued from his backyard by Lowndes County Animal Control. Bell received a citation for 9 counts of Rabies Tag Violations and 7 counts of having too many dogs on the property, which are both in violation of city ordinances.

The dog fighting investigation is ongoing at this time.

Valdosta Police Department officers responded to reports of a domestic dispute, when they came across what could be a dog fighting operation around 10:50 a.m., on April 6.

Upon arrival to 511 2nd Avenue, a woman inside the home told police her husband was participating in dog fights. The woman’s husband was not at the home when police arrived.

The police found 9 adult dogs and 5 puppies of the Pit Bull breed in the backyard of the home. Most of the adult dogs were injured and none of the dogs had access to water, shelter, or food. The police report stated that the dogs seemed to be malnourished.

Lowndes County Animal Control responded to the scene, took the dogs and puppies into custody and transported them to the Lowndes County Animal Shelter. The dogs will be evaluated and receive veterinary treatment.

The dogs and puppies are being held under the custody of the LCAS at this time.

The police report stated that the VPD have begun an investigation based on Cruelty to Animals and the allegation of dog fighting.  The city of Valdosta has an ordinance that prevents that many adult dogs at one home.

No charges have been filed and the case is under further investigation.

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  1. Rex Reed says:

    If the allegation of dog fighting is true, smoke’em! Prosecute to the FULLEST extent of the law. Absolutely no reason to force a living animal to such cruelty. If found guilty, I hope the judge spits in his face when announcing the sentence.

    By the way, the wife is a hero. I wish nothing but peace and happiness to her. If the husband is guilty, get far, far, away from him. People like this embrace cruelty and these actions speak much about their heart.

    • Roscoe P. Jenkins says:

      How is she a hero? As I read it, this was an established Dog Fighting operation that she had to have known about for some time. She just let the police know about it now because she is mad at her husband and wanted to get him into more trouble.