DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - A Dougherty County man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a suspected dog fight two weeks ago.
Police now say they believe there was an organized dogfight going on when they raided Clinton Trice's property on March 13th.
They returned Tuesday to arrest him.
Charges came Tuesday after Dougherty County Police seized 26 dogs from Trice's property two weeks ago. They brought in national experts to check them for signs of dog fighting.
Dougherty County Police and D.A.'s Office investigators served a search warrant this morning at this property on Hardup Road. It's the second time they have been there because of anonymous reports of dog fighting on March 13th.
This time owner 65 year old Clinton Trice was arrested, charged with spectator to dog fighting and cruelty to animals.
Dougherty County Police Captain Tom Jackson said "We're just trying to obtain any evidence or anything that can help us prosecute this case even better at this time."
March 13th officers seized 26 dogs off Trice's property. 24 that were chained, with chains so large that firefighters had to use their power equipment to cut them. 2 other dogs were running loose with injuries.
Trice was not charged then, and he told us then that the hurt dogs are not his, and denied any dog fighting occurred on his property.
Trice said "We've had problems. They drop dogs. Anybody know in the country they drop dogs all the time."
Police brought in an ASPCA veterinarian to check the dogs for signs of fighting.
Jackson said "All the dogs that were there from this location are being examining by a veterinarian. We have the ASPCA actually involved with us in this investigation. And they are helping us hand in hand."
There were no dogs seized in Tuesday's raid. Officials say this is an ongoing investigation, and more arrests are expected.