Second suspect in dog fighting ring surrenders

A second man wanted in a suspected Breaux Bridge dog-fighting operation raided last week was arrested Tuesday without a fight, St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Maj. Ginny Higgins said.

Antonio Boyd, 35, was taken to the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center at around noon when he turned himself in, Higgins said.

Boyd was booked on 47 counts of cruelty to animals, one count of dog-fighting and counts of drug possession and distribution, possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number and in the presence of illegal drugs.

Higgins said Boyd’s bond was set at $140,000, and that by Tuesday evening, he had been bailed out.

Boyd and Jason Haskett, of Natchitoches, are suspects in a dog-fighting operation that allegedly occurred in the rear yards of a rural home on Breaux Bridge Senior High School Road, just a few miles from the high school.

Haskett was immediately booked Wednesday after sheriff’s deputies and detectives along with animal welfare officials descended on the home, finding 47 pit bull dogs, some malnourished and scarred, some weighted down by heavy chains hooked to their collars.

The dogs were transported to the St. Martin Parish Animal Services facility in St. Martinville, where facility Director Michelle Brignac worked to find out-of-state shelters for the animals.

Brignac said none of the dogs would be euthanized.

Higgins said Boyd eventually would have been caught had he stayed in St. Martin Parish and not turned himself in.

The Sheriff’s Office said last week that Boyd was arrested on similar counts of animal cruelty and dog fighting in 2010.

Higgins on Tuesday did not say if Boyd was prosecuted in the 2010 allegations or if he was ever charged by the District Attorney’s Office.