3 suspects arrested in Tuscaloosa dog fighting bust - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

3 suspects arrested in Tuscaloosa dog fighting bust

Leonard Hines, Rashad Jones and Zavier Long. Source: Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office Leonard Hines, Rashad Jones and Zavier Long. Source: Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office
One of the dogs rescued from the fighting scene. Source: Tuscaloosa Sheriff's Office One of the dogs rescued from the fighting scene. Source: Tuscaloosa Sheriff's Office
The second, badly injured, dog rescued by officers. Source: Tuscaloosa Sheriff's Office The second, badly injured, dog rescued by officers. Source: Tuscaloosa Sheriff's Office
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's deputies arrested three people on dog fighting-related charges Tuesday night.

The alleged dog fighting ring was busted off Maxwell Loop Road in South Tuscaloosa County Road.

Deputies had been stepping up patrols in the area after recent complaints of criminal activity.

Investigators set up cameras to take pictures of what was happening in the area leading up to the arrests due. The cameras texted photos as they were taken, and the pictures showed several people involved in dog fighting. Deputies say the dogfight happened in the middle of the road.

Around 8 p.m. Tuesday, deputies went to the location and detained three suspects, Rashad Jones, 21, of Moundville, Xavier Long, 23, of Tuscaloosa, and Leonard Hines, 22, of Tuscaloosa. All three suspects have been charged with two counts of aggravated animal cruelty and one count of dog fighting. In addition, Jones has been charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Hines and Long are being held on bonds of $30,000 each and Jones is being held on a bond of $36,000.

Investigators say a juvenile was also arrested at the scene and is being charged with two counts of aggravated animal cruelty and one count of dog fighting. The juvenile was released to a parent and has a juvenile court hearing.

Several spectators ran from the scene and were later detained. They could be charged since investigators say even being a spectator to a dog fight is a Class C felony in Alabama.

Two pit bulls were found in a vehicle and one of them was severely injured. A deputy gave first aid to the dog and authorities say that the dog is expected to recover from its injuries.

The first dog was taken to a local animal shelter until a court hearing to determine who shall get custody of it. Since deputies cannot determine who owns the severely injured dog, they are classifying the canine as abandoned and the Sheriff's Office will take over its medical treatment.

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