One person has been arrested and more arrests are expected after a raid on a facility police describe as a training facility for pit bull fighting. At least one Shreveport firefighter is among those being investigated in the case, but has not been arrested, investigators said.
Authorities say they found 37 pit bulls, a wooden treadmill, a walker similar to those used to train horses to become stronger, and books about the rules of dog fighting. Investigators say animal hides were attached to fishing poles and dangled near the dogs to encourage them to run faster on a treadmill. 49-year-old Micheal Allen Tucker, of Blanchard Latex Road in Shreveport, was charged with dogfighting, according to a State Police spokesman. Tucker is not a firefighter. Dogfighting carries a maximum penalty of a $25,000 fine and up to ten years in prison.
Louisiana State Police, Caddo Parish Animal Control, and the Caddo Parish Sheriff's department took part in the nearly year-long investigation. Rick Quillin, an investigator with Caddo Parish Animal Control, says 26 of the 37 dogs were "field euthanized", adding that they had old scars and lacerations consistent with dog fighting. The remaining eleven pit bulls were taken to kennels at Caddo Animal Control. "We made the decision that this was in fact a training facility for pit bulls for fighting purposes," Quillen said. Quillen said animal hides were attached to fishing poles and dangled near the dogs to encourage them to run faster on a treadmill.