Officials break up underground multi-state dog fighting ring in Rapides Parish
POSTED: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 6:15pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 6:23pm
ALEXANDRIA, LA (KALB) — Rapides Parish Sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate after making arrests in what they are calling a multi-state dog fighting ring.
Deputies responded to a home on Gene Ball Drive in Alexandria on October 5 to check out a complaint.
When the deputies arrived they noticed sixteen vehicles, with plates from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas in the area and three men running into field nearby.
Officials then searched the area and found what they believed to be a large dog fighting ring; they also found four pit bulls, flood lights and a generator.
Deputies seized the dogs, all 16 vehicles and the equipment that was used to make the ring.
"From the information that we've gathered this is a type of an underground situation,” stated RPSO Lt. Tommy Carnline. “The people usually aren't allowed to know where the location of the fight will be until just a few hours prior to it, and then they are notified and then they come to the fight."
Deputies have arrested John Marshall Daniels of Beaumont, Texas and two Alexandria men - Frank Williams and Troy Day.
Daniels and Williams are charged with Dog Fighting and Criminal Trespassing; Day is charged with Dog Fighting, Criminal Trespass, Cruelty to Animals, and other charges.
An additional arrest has been made today, but RPSO has not released the details.
As for the dogs, they are currently in the sheriff’s office’s custody while detectives work to identify their owners.