Man gets year in prison after dog fighting bust | News
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS)- A participant in a dog fighting operation in Richland County has been sentenced to one year in jail, according to the Sheriff's Department.
James Earl Green, 61, pled guilty to one count of animal cruelty in court.
Green and 31-year-old Jason Lundees Washington were both arrested back on Oct. 18, 2011. Lott said Green turned himself in, and Washington was arrested after being released on bond for federal drug charges.
Lott said Green used box cutters or scissors to cut the ears off of three puppies between four and five weeks old.
Richland County deputies responded to a house on Campground Road in reference to a complaint of dogs barking in the woods between 633 and 647 Campground Road. Upon arrival, deputies saw several dogs chained to the ground along a path with evidence of mistreatment.
Lott said Green lived at the house, and was present with several other people watching two pit bulls fight.
Green's prison sentence will begin Feb. 4.
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