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May 7, 2014

Ashburn man arrested, charged in Albany dog fight ring

ALBANY —

An Ashburn man is one of seven arrested and indicted in connection to a dog fighting operation, according to information released by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Georgia.

Michael Bass of Ashburn, along with Arthur Lee Clark of Sumner, Timothy Hopkins of Hiram, and Demitri Jackson, Tedrick Jackson, William Burns and Otha Hopkinsl, all of Albany, were each indicted for one count of conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture, and three counts of sponsoring and exhibiting a dog in an animal fighting venture.

The indictment stated that the defendants operated a dog fight and gambling operation called "229 Boys Kennels Inc" from April 2006 to April 2010 in Albany. The defendants produced and promoted dog fights and associated gambling shows throughout Georgia and Florida, as well as other parts of the Southeast. 

The defendants also bred, purchased, sold and trained pit bull dogs for use in the operation. The group advertised their dogs through websites, publications and word of mouth, the indictment states, in order to increase prize amounts for the fights. 

The arrests took place April 30, and 42 pit bull dogs were retrieved.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000, or both.

To contact editor Angye Morrison, call 382-4321.

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