Man receives stiff sentence for dog fighting

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richard Robinson, 33, was sentenced Thursday morning to 10 years and three years of supervised probation.

He was found guilty of running a dog fighting operation in December.

In June, animal control officers seized 12 pit bulls from his property.  Ten of the dogs were so badly injured, they had to be put down.

The judge imposed the jury's sentencing recommendation. It is the stiffest sentence for dog fighting in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Robinson's mother was recently charged with 10 counts of dog fighting and 10 counts of animal cruelty.

Ardeller Morris, 60, is accused of helping her son with a different dog fighting operation.

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