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.