An Arrest is made in a dog fighting operation.
Rapides Parish Sheirff’s office says they have arrested Sherman Lane Nash Jr., 38, of Pineville. He is charged with seven counts of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals and three counts dog fighting/possession of fighting dogs.
Investigators were received a tip of animal cruelty and possible dog fighting in the Wardville community of Pineville. Sheriff’s Detectives had been conducting surveillance in the area and through information gathered, were able to establish sufficient probable cause to secure a search warrant for the property that the alleged abuse was taking place. Detectives discovered 17 Pit Bull dogs in the wooded area, all chained. Several of the dogs had no water, food, or shelter and most of the dogs had injuries and scars that were consistent with injuries sustained from dog fighting or abuse. Detectives recovered several pieces of dog fight training equipment and a “breeding stand” used for the forced breeding of dogs on the property. All of the dogs, which varied in ages from a few months to several years, were collected and taken to the Alexandria Animal Shelter.
Sheriff’s detectives say their investigation is still ongoing more arrest are pending in this investigation.