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6/8/04-Smith County

Starving Dogs Turn Out To Be Vicious

The dogs were found in the backyard of a home off of CR 196 in the Candle Ridge Addition in Noonday. The dogs' owner, Fredrick Dewayne Kay, was arrested and charged with one count of animal cruelty.

Calls from neighbors led Animal Control to the six dogs, tied up in their backyard with heavy, metal chains. The little food they had was drenched in rain water.

"After we started picking them up, we realized they are actually trained, fighting pit bulls," Constable Frank Creath, of Smith County Precinct 2, said.

Once the dogs were put in cages, the fighting began.

"We were told they were hog-hunting dogs," Creath said. "Well, when we picked them up, we quickly realized that these dogs would've all killed one another if you'd have put them out trying to hunt hogs."

The fighting turned bloody.

"They have old scars, so these dogs have fought before," Creath said.

The Constable's office says this situation is unique because the owner wants his pit bulls back. But normally, the Humane Society of Smith County puts pit bulls to sleep.

"Unfortunately, these six are going to be some of the ones that we will euthanize," Gayle Helms, Executive Director of the HSOSC, said. "They were very dog-aggressive. And so, dogs like that are not really going to be a good pet. And so we don't, we opt not to put them up for adoption."

In fact, fully intact cages ended up being bent up and bitten through, after the pit bulls had been inside them.

If found guilty, 32-year-old Kay faces up to two years in jail.

"My opinion on this is anybody who would take animals like this and actually turn them loose on one another, and that's what he does, a Class A misdemeanor and a $4,000 fine is not near punishment enough," Creath said.

Creath says, unfortunately, this is just one of many cases throughout the county, of pit bulls being used to fight, and often for monetary gain.

Tonight, Kay remains in the Smith County Jail. And his six dogs have been euthanized.

If you suspect dog fighting or other animal cruelty in your neighborhood, call your local animal control office or the Humane Society.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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