The HSUS Animal Fighting Tip-Line received information that led to the raid of two alleged dogfighting operations in Randolph County, Alabama. The raid was led by the district attorney for Alabama’s Fifth Judicial Circuit, E. Paul Jones. Dr. Melinda Merck, forensic veterinarian and leader of the ASPCAâs CSI Unit, assisted with the raid and evaluated the seized dogs for evidence of animal fighting. Sumter Disaster Animal Response Team Inc. assisted with the handling and transportation of the dogs.
The first property, located in Newell, was owned and operated by William Alsabrook. Alsabrook was charged with two counts of possession of dogs for fighting. Authorities seized 25 dogs from the property, some showing scars consistent with dogfighting, along with dogfighting paraphernalia. The HSUS intelligence indicated that Alsabrook sold dogs nationwide since the 1970s.
The second property, located in Roanoke, was owned by Artis Kyle. Kyle was charged with one count of possession of dogs for fighting, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Authorities seized 20 dogs from the property, some showing scars consistent with dogfighting, along with dogfighting paraphernalia.