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Second arrest made in dog fighting case

2 years ago July 03, 2012 Jul 3, 2012 Tuesday, July 03 2012 Tuesday, July 03, 2012 4:20:43 PM EDT in News
Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office

GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies made a second arrest today in an Ascension Parish dog fighting case.

Deputies arrested Joseph Duncan Jr., 28, of Donaldsonville in suspicion of aggravated cruelty to animals and dog fighting. They earlier arrested his girlfriend Brittany Ward, 24, on the same charges.

On July 1 deputies said they found several dogs staked out in the backyard of a residence on 710 Sixth Street. The dogs had chains around their necks and wire leads attached to them, and didn't have any food or water.

Two had numerous scars and scabs that investigators said was consistent with dog fighting. Another dog was found dead with duct tape wrapped around its muzzle, and investigators believe it was used as a "bait dog" to train other dogs for fighting.

Ward's mother, Valarie Bennett, says the dogs were dangerous.

"They were so vicious, one of the dogs bit one of her babies the early part of this year, so she asked him to get rid of the dogs, and he said he would," Bennett said.

Duncan was charged with dog fighting before, but Bennett said he didn't learn his lesson.

"The dogs were more important than his kids... The dogs were more important than his girlfriend," she said.

Deputies said the dogs were very vicious, so any chance of adoption is slim.  It's up for the parish animal shelter to decide what will happen to the dogs.

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