BREAUX BRIDGE, LA (WAFB) - A second suspect has been arrested for his alleged involvement with dog fighting ring based out of Breaux Bridge.
Deputies arrested Antonio Boyd, 35, on Tuesday, Feb. 25 in connection to last week's raid at a home located in the 1400 block of Breaux Bridge Senior High School Road.
"Investigators removed a total of 47 dogs from the property and seized items commonly associated with dog fighting," Ginny Higgins, St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office, said in a press release.
Jason Hasket, Jr., 25, of Natchitoches, was arrested at the scene and warrant was issued for Boyd's arrest.
Both men are charged with cruelty to animals (47 counts), possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute schedule II CDS, possession with intent to distribute schedule III CDS, and possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance. Boyd faces an additional charge of possession of a firearm with an obliterated number or mark.
Hasket's bond is set at $65,000. Boyd's bond is set at $140,000.
All of the dogs rescued are being examined and cared for various animal organizations.
"Historically, in the state of Louisiana, that area is the home to a lot of dog fighting," Trevor Reeves, America's Dog Pit Bull Rescue, explained. "Within 20 to 30 miles of where this fighting ring was busted is considered the heartland of dog fighting in America. There are some of the most notorious dog fighting breeders in that area.