Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with deputies from DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office, arrested people from Bienville, Caddo, DeSoto, Natchitoches and Sabine Parishes Saturday, after raiding an organized dog fighting event near Hicks Lane off of Hwy 175 in Sabine Parish.
Bobby R. Champion Jr., 44, of Gibsland, Brian O. Isreal, 40, of Taylor, Kerry T. Kahey, 36, of Natchitoches, Carl J. Henry, 27, of Natchitoches, Christopher D. Malmay, 21, of Zwolle, Kenneth K. Maxie, 25, of Pleasant Hill, Loleta S. Neal, 33, of Natchitoches, Quannell T. Newton, 29, of Many, Ronald C. Payne Jr., 42, of Natchitoches, and Okimo R. Sims, 30, of Shreveport, were each arrested during the raid for allegedly participating in the dog fighting event.
Two juveniles also were picked up during the raid. Each adult was booked into jail for dog fighting, aggravated cruelty to animals, and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of juveniles. More arrests are pending.
Deputies seized five vehicles, a quantity of cash, and two dogs in the raid.
The penalty for dog fighting is a fine of $1,000 to $25,000 or imprisonment with or without hard labor for not less than one year, nor more than 10 years, or both.
Aggravated cruelty to animals is punishable by a fine of $5,000 to $25,000 or imprisonment for up to 10 years, or both. In addition, offenders shall be ordered to undergo a psychological evaluations and subsequently recommended psychological treatment and be banned from owning or keeping animals for a period of time deemed appropriate by the court.
Any costs associated with evaluation or treatment shall be the responsibility of the defendant. The penalty for contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile is a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment with or without hard labor for not more than two years, or both.
NBC 6 News Reporter Marquel Sennet is in Sabine Parish and will bring the latest details at 5 and 6 only on NBC 6 News