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Future for 30 pit bulls in question

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Posted: Nov 23, 2011 5:20 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Nov 23, 2011 6:22 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: dog fighting, Ascension, Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, Donaldsonville, animal shelter, pit bull, puppy, pit bulls, puppies

GONZALES - The fate of 30 pit bulls, including a handful of weeks-old puppies, is in question after deputies believe they busted a Donaldsonville dog-fighting ring.

The dogs are currently housed at the Ascension Parish Animal Shelter. If the owner does not claim them within 15 days, they become property of the parish. If the owner does claim them, the dogs will still stay at the shelter until deputies' investigation into the dog fighting is over. Deputies aren't sure when that will be. Workers tell News 2 the owner will have to pay for the care and housing of all 30 dogs until the investigation is over. That could cost thousands of dollars.

It will also cost thousands of dollars for the folks charged with dog fighting to get out of jail. Jermaine Gibson, 25, has a bail is set at $410,207.50. Olivia Gibson, 41, has a $55,000 bail. Michael Williams, 22, must pay $95,490 to get out of jail. All three were arrested at 1407 McKinley Street on dog fighting charges, drug charges, and weapons charges.

Deputies were called to the home Saturday after they received a call someone was being threatened with an assault rifle.

Inside, deputies found weapons, an SKS assault rifle, marijuana, hydrocodone, and dog fighting equipment. That's when they noticed the 30 malnourished dogs with signs of dog fighting.

Take a look at the dogs and you'll see some covered in scars on their noses. One dog's nose was bitten off, his legs are covered in puncture wounds, and you can see his ribs. Another is missing an eye. Many are scared of people.

Neighbors who were too scared to talk to News 2 on camera said a foul odor wafted from the yard before the dogs were removed.

"I treat my dog with love and care. We have a pit, and I wouldn't want nobody to come and just fight with him," Latoyia Lacey said. She was visiting friends in the neighborhood.

Workers at the shelter said if the dogs become property of the parish, it's likely some would be euthanized since they've been classified as "not adoptable." Others, shelter workers hope, will be adopted through other organizations that work with pit bulls.

Also at the home when deputies found the dogs were Kirk Gibson, 19, who is facing drug charges. Rega Davis, 20, was at the home. He faces domestic abuse charges and criminal damage to property charges.

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