Man arrested on dogfighting charges arraigned in Hanover

By Jola Szubielski - bio | email

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Donald Morris was arraigned in Hanover County district court, meanwhile investigators believe other charges may be pending.

Morris was arrested and charged with promoting, engaging in, and preparing for dogfighting.

Animal control says more than a dozen dogs were removed from his Beaverdam home as well as evidence to support prosecutors claim that morris was breeding pitbulls to fight.

Morris appeared before a judge last week as well -- and was told he had to forfeit his dogs, and pay $15,000 for their care.

Some of the dogs are being cared for at the county animal control facility; others are receiving treatment at a veterinary clinic.

At today's arraignment, Morris chose to hire his own attorney and has until his next court date, July 2. Now more charges may be pending.

The Caroline County sheriff's office said they've also made one arrest -- Darnell Garrison of Ruther Glen on May 15 -- who is charged with conspiracy to commit dog fighting.

Both investigations are ongoing and may develop as a part of a much larger case.

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