Man re-arrested, charged with 5 counts aggravated animal cruelty

Man re-arrested, charged with 5 counts aggravated animal cruelty
Benji Barnham, charged with 5 counts of aggravated animal cruelty
Benji Barnham, charged with 5 counts of aggravated animal cruelty
The house where Police suspect the aggravated animal cruelty occured
The house where Police suspect the aggravated animal cruelty occured

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Thomasville Police added new charges Thursday against a man suspected of training dogs to fight.

Benji Barnham is back in jail tonight charged with five felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty.

He was initially arrested Friday and charged with one count of animal cruelty. Animal control officers called in police after finding evidence of dog fighting training at Barnham's home.

"Over the weekend the investigation continued, said Major Eric Hampton with the Thomasville Police Department. "And at that time the dogs were examined by veterinarians and the Thomas County humane society so they did find some scars and other injuries on the dogs."

Branham had bailed out of jail. He's back behind bars awaiting his first court appearance on the new charges.

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