January 21, 2014
Authorities in Fluvanna County issued arrest warrants for Brenton Mathis on Tuesday afternoon. He was charged with eight counts of felony dog fighting, one felony count for possession of a firearm and 10 misdemeanor counts for failure to care for an animal.
After speaking with Mathis off camera, he explained that he does not fight dogs and that he has done nothing wrong, but evidence collected during a search suggests otherwise.
Logging chains attached to the dogs, a slat mill used for exercising, scars on two pit bulls consistent with dog fighting and a breeding stand were all collected from his property as evidence of dog fighting.
The search was conducted after someone complained about there being more than 30 dogs on the property, but only 10 were collected.
A neighbor across the street from the Mathis home says that she has never had any problems with their dogs.
Another neighbor who has known Mathis for 20 years says that he has never seen any sign of dog fighting and that Mathis treats his dogs better than most.
He also says the dogs are not vicious and that the most they will do is lick you.
A hearing was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon to discuss the evidence collected before charges were made against Mathis, but that was pushed back until January 28th at 1PM. Mathis could have to face a judge in the near future.