Alleged illegal dogfighting results in arrest

An investigation into alleged illegal dogfighting Tuesday afternoon led to the arrest of a Pine Bluff man after police reported finding a ring, cages and other items at a house on the east side of the city.

Bruce Lowe, 33, was arrested after police vice and narcotics officers and the bike patrol served a search warrant Tuesday at 4205 Texas St..

According to a probable-cause affidavit from Detective William Freeman, the officers forced entry when no one answered the door and found Lowe and three children in a bedroom.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said investigators found three bottles, including one with wording that said federal law restricted the drug to use by or on the orders of a veterinarian.

Freeman said in the affidavit that the officers also found a book on how to train and raise dogs. Homemade doghouses, a treadmill and other items also were found, according to Freeman.

The dogfighting ring had dried blood in it, Freeman said in the affidavit, and samples will be sent to the State Crime Laboratory for analysis.

Kizer said Lowe is on probation on drug-related charges, and had an active failure-to-appear warrant from Pine Bluff District Court.

Because Lowe is on probation, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 cash-only bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Lowe with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful animal fighting.

Lowe said he would hire his own attorney.