A report of a possible illegal dog fight in progress Thursday afternoon in central Pine Bluff led to the arrest of two men who were at the scene and allegedly urging the dogs to fight.
Detective Jerry Lambert said in a probable-cause affidavit that Eric Powell, 28, and DonShadrick Boyd, 23, were yelling at the dogs when police arrived at a barn behind a house in the 600 block of South Ash Street at 12:30 p.m.
During a court hearing Friday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said officers saw a cage containing three pit bulldogs and a German shepherd, and the men were allegedly urging the pit bulldogs to attack the German shepherd.
Lambert said in the affidavit that the German shepherd was “running around the cage trying to get away.”
Animal control was called to take custody of the dogs which Lambert said received “major injuries.”
According to Kizer, dog fighting is a Class C felony, punishable by between five and 20 years in prison, and/or a fine.
He said Powell “has an extensive criminal history spanning about a decade,” and Boyd had no prior convictions or pending charges.
Because of that history, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Powell after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with illegal dog fighting.
A $5,000 bond was set for Boyd on the same charge, and both men were told to come back to court May 31.