Who, age What Where When Last known address
Rudy Cantrell, 19 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Bossier City, LA
Michael Allen Tucker, 45 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Shreveport, LA
Jason Lamont Mosley, 28 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Shreveport, LA
Benny King, 25 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Shreveport, LA
Terry D. Kelly, 25 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Shreveport, LA
Ivy Lee Arnstead, 45 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Cotton Valley, LA
Miyoshi Taylor, 27 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Shreveport, LA
Herbert L. Cheeks, 41 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Shreveport, LA
Jeffrey L. Ball, 26 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Bossier City, LA
Terry L. West, 34 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Bossier City, LA
Patrick W. Marshall, 33 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Bossier City, LA
Tyrone O. Clark, Jr., 39 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Shreveport, LA
Jerrick L. Mosley, 28 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Shreveport, LA
Danny G. Welch, 26 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Shreveport, LA
Richard E. Williams, 23 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Shreveport, LA
Jamie Smith, 26 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Bossier City, LA
Tamika A. Dudley, 25 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Bossier City, LA
Darrell R. Myles, 39 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Shreveport, LA
Shepord J. Murray, 40 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Shreveport, LA
Damion Heard, 20 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Bossier City, LA
Chadwick D. Thompson, 23 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Shreveport, LA
Anthony Washington, 19 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Bossier City, LA
John Henry Farris, 30 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Strong, AR
Tracy Banks, 27 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Shreveport, LA
Anthony Jeter, 29 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Bossier City, LA
L. G. Green, Jr., 39 aggravated cruelty to animals

Keachi & Longstreet, LA DeSoto Parish

March 18, 2001 Shreveport, LA
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved
Felony weapons charges, child endangerment 2-6 pitbulls

DeSoto sheriff's deputies spent a part of the day searching for suspects who apparently spent the night hiding in a wooded area between Keatchie and Longstreet after fleeing the scene of an illegal dogfight.

24 men and 2 women - most of whom listed Shreveport and Bossier City addresses - had been booked into the DeSoto Detention Center on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals.

Three were additionally charged with illegal carrying of a weapon. Two others are also accused of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Most had been released from custody after posting bonds ranging from $5,000 to $10,000.

A call from a curious resident on McMellon Road sent deputies to the area.   DeSoto Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle said the caller reported seeing more than 20 vehicles pass by her residence, heading to an abandoned house at the dead end of the narrow, dirt road.

Several patrol deputies sneaked up on the dogfights in progress. But before more could arrive, several people walking to their parked cars spotted the deputies and yelled "5-0," a code for police.

All of the crowd - estimated to be between 40 and 50 people strong - "hit the woods," Arbuckle said. "And then the race was on."

Nine people were arrested within a few hours. The rest, sporting scratches on their arms and faces, began trickling out of the pine thicket and onto nearby state Highway 5 throughout the morning. Extra deputies and reserve officers were called out to help track the suspects.

Arrested on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals were:

Michael Allen Tucker , 45, Shreveport Jason Lamont Mosley, 28, Shreveport Rudy Cantrell, 19, Bossier City Benny King, 25, Shreveport Terry D. Kelly, 25, Shreveport Ivy Lee Arnstead, 45, Cotton Valley Miyoshi Taylor, 27, Shreveport Hebert L. Cheeks, 41, Shreveport Jeffery L. Ball, 26, Bossier City Terry L. West, 34, Bossier City Patrick W. Marshall, 33, Bossier City Tyrone O. Clark Jr., 39, Shreveport Jerrick L. Mosley, 28, Shreveport Danny G. Welch, 26, Shreveport Richard E. Williams, 23, Shreveport Jamie Smith, 26, Bossier City Tamika A. Dudley, 25, Bossier City Darrell R. Myles, 39, Shreveport Shepord J. Murray, 40, Bossier City Damion Heard, 20, Bossier City Chadwick D. Thompson, 23, Shreveport Anthony Washington, 19, Bossier City John Henry Farris, 30, Strong, Ark. Tracy Banks, 27, Shreveport Anthony Jeter, 29, Bossier City L.G. Green Jr., 39, Shreveport.

Upon conviction, the felony crime carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

The mobility of these dogfighting arenas makes it more difficult to apprehend suspects, said Rick Quillan, a Caddo Parish animal control officer who was called to the scene to pick up the three wounded pit bulls.

"We had information they were coming to DeSoto Parish but we didn't know where," Quillan said. He suspects some of those arrested may have been involved in other dogfights in the area.  "When we put the heat on them in one spot ... they change their tactics and move to different locations," Quillan said.

The square arena that was marked by visible bloodstains was made of knee-high plywood siding with a carpeted floor. Generator-powered lights were hung overhead.

Dogfighting can be a lucrative venture for those involved. Quillan estimates some dogs cost anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000, and wagering can reach into the thousands of dollars.

DeSoto sheriff's Lt. Toni Morris said more than $17,000 was seized from the suspects. One man reportedly admitted that he grabbed the night's bets, which amounted to $13,245, as people began to scramble from the deputies. He had the money in a plastic bag when deputies stopped him and two others as they walked near Kickapoo.

Of greater concern to authorities, however, was the number of weapons found. At least five weapons, including several considered assault-type guns, were taken from some of the suspects.

In addition to the guns and money, authorities seized the portable arena, generator, lights and equipment and 23 vehicles - all abandoned by their owners when police arrived. Morris said investigators would meet with District Attorney Don Burkett today to discuss whether to initiate forfeiture proceedings against the vehicles' owners. The court process is similar to that used to take vehicles away from drug dealers.

As for the dogs found at the scene, two were severely injured with visible bleeding wounds. Quillan said they will have to be euthanized. State law requires euthanization of any dog used in a dogfight.  "Once they've been trained to kill, you can't adopt them out," he said.

Update 1/5/02:  A Bossier City man considered a ringleader in an illegal dogfighting ring busted up last year by DeSoto sheriff's deputies has forfeited $13,000 and a vehicle in a plea agreement.

The dogfighter, Rudy Cantrell , 20, was one of more than two dozen people arrested in March when sheriff's deputies discovered the portable dogfighting arena at an abandoned house near Keatchie. Authorities estimate about 50 people were at the scene when deputies arrived.

Cantrell and the others who were apprehended were charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, which is a felony offense. Most of those identified as spectators have since pleaded guilty to misdemeanor offenses, according to court officials.

But since he was considered an organizer of the event, Cantrell was only offered a reduced prison sentence in exchange for a guilty plea under the felony statute. He faced up to 10 years in prison.

Eleventh Judicial District Judge Robert Burgess gave Cantrell a one-year suspended sentence and placed him on a year's supervised probation, with the special condition that he not own a pit bull during that time.

Cantrell agreed to give up a 1987 vehicle that was among the 23 vehicles seized by law enforcement officers after their owners abandoned when they fled the scene. And he also forfeited $13,095 in cash seized by officers at the time of his arrest. A $1,000 fine imposed by Burgess will come from the forfeited money.

Assistant District Attorney Melissa Sugar said Cantrell was in charge of setting up and advertising the dogfight. He also took the $20 admission fee charged to the spectators.

Reference:

The Shreveport Times