RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Charges are now filed in two major dog fighting cases in Richmond.
A grand jury handed down indictments this morning. The first involves a possible dog fighting operation in North Richmond.
Deano Alphonso Jones is facing 21 counts of animal cruelty and 21 counts of dogfighting.
He's accused of running the operation out of a home on North 23rd Street.
Animal control officers say they began investigating after getting a tip in mid-January.
They say they found 21 dogs on the property, most of them were pit bulls, some were a pit bull mix.
The program manager for Richmond animal control says the agency was able to adopt out a few of the dogs, but most were euthanized for health and behavorial problems.
"If you're going to fight dogs in the city of Richmond we're going to pursue it. And we're going to pursue it aggressively. It's not an activity that any of the residents want. And we're going to make sure we do everything we can to try to eliminate it from the City of Richmond," said Mark Wachner.
Investigators say Jones has a previous animal cruelty conviction from a dog fighting case in North Carolina.
Also today, new charges came down against a 60-year-old South Richmond woman accused of helping her son with a dog fighting operation.
Ardeller Morris now faces 10 counts of dog fighting and 10 counts of animal cruelty.
The charges stem from an investigation of her son, 33-year-old Richard Robinson.
He was convicted last year on four counts, including felony animal fighting.
The operation was run out of his mother's home on Wright Avenue in South Richmond last June. There were 12 pit bulls on the property. Ten were so badly injured they had to be put down.
Ardeller's son, Richard will be in court later this month to learn his fate. A jury recommended 10 years in prison.