January 17, 2014
“We're getting our dogs back, we're getting our dogs back,” says Brenton Mathis, owner of 10 pit bull dogs.
Mathis is determined to see his dogs come back home after they were taken by authorities.
He says an investigator came to his home on Tuesday to check out the property without speaking to him. On Thursday morning, his dogs were seized and Mathis says he’s done nothing wrong.
“All I did was have more than one pit bull outside,” says Mathis. “If it's a crime to have a dog outside then I committed that.”
Authorities found the dogs behind his home in cages and in dog chains. They also found evidence in connection to dog fighting.
“Is it against the law to own a treadmill? Is it against the law to own a hide? Is it against the law to own a flirt pole? Is it against the law to own a pit bull? But you have these things together and all of a sudden you are a dog fighter.”
Mathis says he loves these dogs like they are part of the family.
“Take a look at those animals, you'll see for yourself, there's nothing going on here,” Mathis explains. “These are the dogs that they took, these animals, puppies.”
He says pit bulls get a bad reputation from the media, but he just wants his dogs back home.
“It's a loving breed, I can’t say enough about the animals, so I wouldn't do anything to put them in harm’s way.”
The Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office says they are waiting to get evidence back from the Virginia Animal Fighting Task Force before they move forward with the investigation. At this point, no charges have been filed.