RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Richmond man is facing multiple chargers after animal control officers claim they broke up a dog fighting operation in his backyard.
The man is Deano Alphonso Jones and today the grand jury handed down an indictment that includes 21 counts of animal cruelty and 21 counts of dog fighting.
Animal Control officers say that Jones ran the operation out of this home on North 23rd Street. The department started keeping an eye on Jones after a tip in mid-January. They eventually found 21 dogs on the property, most of them were pit bulls or a pit bull mix. Investigators believe the community input was key in this arrest.
"It's up to the residents to try help us out to try and get their neighborhoods cleared up of some of these problem behaviored people and animals, and then it is our job to follow up appropriately and take appropriate action," said Mark Wachner, Richmond Animal Control Field Supervisor.
A few of the dogs were forced to be euthanized; some have already been placed in rehab situations. Jones has already been convicted of animal cruelty charges in North Carolina. He has also has already faced a variety of dog fighting related charges here in Richmond. In August of 2008, he pled guilty to 5 counts of tethering.