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Judge Orders County to Seize Dogs from Alleged Dog Fighting


Brenton Mathis

Brenton Mathis

Jan. 29, 2014

Officials in Fluvanna County have determined what will happen to several dogs seized in an apparent dog fighting ring.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeff Haslip says a judge ordered the dogs to be seized by the county.

Thirty-nine-year-old Brenton Mathis, the original owner of the dogs, has 10 days to appeal the ruling. If he does, he has to post a $30,000 bond for the animals. If Mathis doesn’t appeal, then the county will decide what to do with the dogs.

The dogs were seized from a home last week, after a neighbor complained about there being more than 30 dogs on the property. Ten dogs were collected by authorities.

Mathis was arrested and charged with 8 felony counts of fighting animals, 8 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and one felony count of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

He is being held without bond, and a hearing is scheduled for February 18th.


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