COLUMBIA, S.C. — A man in Richland County has been arrested on several charges after holding an illegal dog-fighting ring in his backyard. 24 abused dogs were rescued last Saturday from the horrific conditions that Jacobi Anthony Green, 21, was keeping them in. The police were responding to a call about a stolen motorcycle when they came across the illegal operation. When Green saw the officers entering the premises, he attempted to flee the scene but was caught before he could get away.
Deputies say that there were 16 dogs and 8 puppies living in the backyard where they were suffering from neglect and malnourishment. The authorities immediately knew it was a dog-fighting ring as they discovered heavy chains, a weighted collar, a spring devise, a pit and other dog fighting paraphernalia located behind the house.
In addition to recovering the dogs, authorities also claimed the stolen motorcycle, a few stolen lawnmowers, a trailer, and a small amount of marijuana. Green has now been charged with two counts of animal fighting and baiting, resisting arrest, receiving stolen goods, threatening the life of a public official, and possession of marijuana.
The abused dogs are now in the care of Richland County Animal Control, where they will begin their road to rehabilitation. Dog fighting in the U.S. and all around the world is an ongoing problem. With the industry worth an estimated $500 million a year, the abusive enterprise continues to suck people in and harm the lives of innocent dogs.