POSTED: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 11:54am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 1:03pm
DONALDSONVILLE, LA (NBC33) — A deputy in Ascension Parish made a shocking discovery in Donaldsonville on Sunday. While pursuing an unrelated suspect, he ended up in the middle of what he believes to be a dog fighting operation.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that a deputy was involved in a foot chase on Sunday, July 1. The deputy ended up in the backyard of a home occupied by Brittany Ward and Joseph Duncan. He witnessed four dogs chained up with no access to food or water. A fifth dog was also chained, but appeared to be dead.
The Sheriff’s Office later investigated and believe the dogs may have been part of a dog fighting operation. That’s because they say the animals were covered with scars typically seen on fighters.
Deputies arrested Ward, but are still seeking Duncan.
NBC33's Alex Deiro  is tracking this story. She spoke to the mother of Brittany Ward, who says her daughter had nothing to do with this and she actually loves animals.
Make sure to catch this story on NBC33 News at 6:30 p.m.