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Man charged in dog fighting incident


Tim Pratt



A Starkville man was arrested Monday morning after police responded to a dog fight at the Brookville Gardens apartment complex. 


At 12:24 a.m. Monday, Starkville police were dispatched to a report of a dog fight in progress behind Building 26 in Brookville Gardens. Officers parked away from the area and approached on foot from Highland Avenue, so as not to alert the suspects of their presence, SPD Sgt. Chadd Garnett said.  


Upon arrival, officers saw four black males and two pit bulls, which appeared to have been in a fight, leaving the scene, Garnett said. Police stopped 25-year-old Nathaniel Hinton, of 305 Everglade Ave., Apt. 21, who was leaving on foot with a light brown pit bull. The dog had several cuts on its face, head and ear, along with a bite on its front leg and blood around its mouth, Garnett said. 


Hinton, who was sweaty and had dog hair on his wrists, was arrested and charged with dog fighting. He told police he had observed four dog fights from the breezeway of Building 26, then bought the light brown pit bull for $40 so he could breed it and sell the puppies.  


Animal Control arrived shortly thereafter and took custody of the dog, Garnett said.  


"As far as I know, it''s still at the shelter," he said.  


Police were unable to locate the other three men involved in the dog fight. Garnett said he has heard previous reports of dog fighting in the area, though not in the city of Starkville. 


"We''ve had reports of them, but this is the first time we''ve responded to a call where a dog fight was going on," Garnett said. 


Anyone with information on the remaining three suspects involved in Monday''s incident can contact the Starkville Police Department at 662-323-4131.




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Reader Comments

Article Comment toquinn55 commented at 6/17/2010 12:46:00 AM:

I hope that you catch the other 3. This is the most inhumane thing that I have heard of. Do they realize that these animals will probably have to be put down? Good Luck SPD on catching them.


Article Comment roscoe p. coltrain commented at 6/18/2010 8:44:00 AM:

Put the dog and the guy down at the same time. I don't even have words available to describe the kind of sick trash that gets involved in dog fighting. The police have my permission to shoot them both.


Article Comment raymond commented at 6/18/2010 9:11:00 AM:

Is there a whole lot of difference in boxer dog fighting and the fighting that goes on within a square ring between "human" boxers? Probably the gloves and the "no fair using your teeth" on the human side but that rule is sometimes broken. I'm sure you remember the Tyson fight where he took a chunk of Hollifield's ear for an appitizer. Probably the main difference is the love of money, the humans get stuffed wallets but the poor dog only gets shot or hung by the neck if he doesn't win.


Article Comment honesty commented at 6/18/2010 4:20:00 PM:

Raymond, the biggest difference is that humans get to choose whether or not that want to be in that square ring...the dogs don't.


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