Man arrested in possible dogfighting ring

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

August 30, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Richmond County deputies have arrested and charged Carlton Jones Jr. with one count of animal cruelty. Jones owns a house on Kent Street where several dogs were found yesterday.

That house is one of three where animals were found. News 12 spoke exclusively with the owner of one of the other homes.

Kent Street was where the possible training facility was. Luckey Street was where the dogfighting might have actually taken place. But the owner of the Luckey Street home says that's not true.

"There is no dogfighting going on here," said the mother of one, who says she has her son to think about and doesn't want her identity revealed.

"I'm at work, all of a sudden I get a call there are cameras in front of the house saying there's dogfighting going on," she said.

Police took five dogs from her home yesterday.

"Is there a problem with having dogs? You can't have dogs?" she said.

We asked her if she bred dogs.

"Breed the dogs, take care of them," she said.

The owner told us the dogs ate, slept, and had puppies inside her shed, but she says they never fought.

"Why would you fight dogs that are having puppies that you're constantly having to take care of?" she asked.

The bigger question: why breed pit bulls?

"Just to have like puppies."

Despite that, she's being investigated for possible animal cruelty and dogfighting.

"Why somebody fight dogs in a place where they stay when Michael Vick just got caught fighting dogs? Why?" she asked.

As far as Carlton Jones' animal cruelty charge, that's a misdemeanor. He'll go before a judge. The maximum he can be fined is $5000.

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  • by David Location: Augusta on Aug 31, 2007 at 07:50 AM
    The lady on Lucky street must think the media and everyone else are fools or just stupid. She would have us all think that she's quietly taking care of her kid and being an upstanding citizen. This interview was one of the most "in your face, blatant false concoctions I've heard in a while...well since Vick said he was guilty of immaturity and poor choices and had found Jesus. We need to crack down on this barbaric, cruel, inhuman, dispicable practice and make laws with teeth, i.e. felony convictions, large fines and long jail sentences. The laws must also be equally applied to anyone attending a dog fight, raising dogs to fight, betting on a fight or having knowledge that such is transpiring and doing nothing. By the way, I think this woman is also allowing her child to be endangered.
  • by Kathi Location: Austin, TX on Aug 30, 2007 at 09:09 PM
    If she is guilty prosecute her to the maximun. There is no way she should let her child/children to such violence. After all you learn from your parents. If she is guilty, may she rot in hell! No only has she been cruel to the dogs. What about her children! Just absolutely discusting.
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