Jonathan Kennard Williams, a 27-year-old man from Halifax, Va has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for dog fighting, weapons possession and drug distribution.
41 dogs were seized as they were to be sold as fighting dogs.
After he plead guilty to the charges and was given his sentence, he was also sentenced to 6 years probation after he is released from prison.
"Dogfighting is a heinous crime that has plagued America and become both an animal welfare and public safety issue.
Dogfighting is often associated with other illegal activity such as drugs and weaponsThanks to the diligence of the ATF, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the local agencies, Mr. Williams was held accountable for exploiting these innocent animals.
We hope to continue our work in investigating organized dogfighting and protecting our nation’s animals from this brutal form of cruelty."
The ASPCA, under the authority of the ATF, played an integral part in rescuing the dogs when they sent out their Field Investigation and Response team to rescue, provide veterinary care and collect forensic evidence.
We're so glad that this guy was caught and brought to justice.
Hopefully 15 years is enough time to let him think about what he'd done to those poor dogs.