Louisiana man sentenced to three years in prison for participating in dog fights | Takeover bid
A Louisiana man was sentenced today to three years in prison, three years on probation and a $1,000 fine for possessing an animal in an animal fighting business.
Clay Turner, 61, of Loranger, pleaded guilty to possessing an animal for use in an animal fighting business on June 30, 2021. According to court documents, Turner owned and trained dogs for the purpose of making them participate in animal fighting enterprises. In phone calls obtained through court-sanctioned wiretaps, Turner and others discussed gambling on dogfights, organizing and participating in dogfights, sponsoring and exhibiting dogs in dogfighting, training and boarding dogs for the purpose of dogfighting, trading and transporting fighting dogs and promoting dogfighting.
In October 2017, a federal law enforcement team made up of agents from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General (USDA-OIG), FBI, US Marshals Service, and other agencies executed a search warrant at Turner’s residence in Loranger. During the search, 33 dogs were found on the property, many of which had wounds, scars and fresh wounds. Law enforcement also discovered a large collection of dogfighting paraphernalia, including:
- a water tank equipped to force dogs to swim to prepare them for combat;
- an electrified prod used in conjunction with the water tank;
- two treadmills equipped to force dogs to run to condition them for combat;
- registers containing the weights and prices of dogs;
- “stick breakers” and “flirt poles”, training equipment intended to improve the jaw strength of dogs;
- the pedigrees of the fighting dogs bred by Turner; and
- photographs of dogs in inhumane conditions.
“Dog fighting is a particularly cruel form of animal abuse,” said Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “Turner bred dogs only to abuse them, through inhumane training methods and brutal fights that left them scarred, seriously injured or dead. These dogs deserved better. As this lawsuit demonstrates, those who engage in this heinous conduct will be brought to justice.
“This case lifts the lid on the brutal realities associated with this heinous activity,” said U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans of the Eastern District of Louisiana. “This federal crime exploits animals for human entertainment and ill-gotten financial gain. Collectively, local, state, and federal law enforcement partners are actively working to end this criminal industry by holding perpetrators who engage in dogfighting accountable and rescuing dog victims. – Terrible weather.
“The Animal Welfare Act provisions were designed to protect animals from being used in illegal combat businesses, which often involve other forms of criminal activity involving drugs, firearms and gambling. money,” said USDA-OIG Special Agent in Charge Dax Roberson. “Together with the Department of Justice, animal fighting is an investigative priority for the USDA-OIG, and we will work with our law enforcement partners to investigate and assist in the criminal prosecution of those who participate in animal fighting businesses.”
“Animal cruelty is a heinous crime that deserves our ultimate condemnation and grave legal consequences for those who engage in it for ‘sport’ and/or profit,” said Special Agent in Charge Douglas A. Williams. Jr. of the FBI Field Division in New Orleans. . “Today’s sentencing should serve as a reminder to those, like Mr. Clay Turner, who engage in such criminal activity, that they will be held accountable. For their outstanding cooperation and excellent work, we thank our office partners of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, the USDA-OIG and the Environmental Crimes Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division in the criminal prosecution of those who participated in animal control enterprises. ”
Prosecutors Matthew D. Evans, Christopher Hale, and former lead prosecutor Jennifer L. Blackwell of the Environmental Crimes Section of the Division of Environment and Natural Resources and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Shih for the Eastern District of Louisiana continued the case.