Second Suspect in Dogfighting Arrested

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Detectives have arrested a second man in connection with the April 17thdogfighting scheme investigation in the Oak Grove community near Natchitoches according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.

On April 17th,  Deputies assigned to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division,and Patrol Division assisted by the Natchitoches Police Animal Control and NPDC Animal Control Units executed a search warrant in the 1500 block of Eight Mile Loop near Natchitoches, La.

Other items seized included a dog treadmill and pulley system attached to a nearby building to build the animals strength, bite bags attached to metal coil springs used to increase bite strength and latching, whey protein, and creatine for muscle growth, whips, and several bottles of wound cleanser.

Detectives also seized a portable computer, ammunition, two police scanners, drug paraphernalia, and two all terrain vehicles, one of which has been found to be stolen in Sabine Parish, La.

Four dogs were euthanized.

Since that time April 17, NPSO detectives have continued the investigation looking for other suspects involved in the dogfighting.  Detectives also consulted with Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Van Kyzar.

On Friday May 1st, NPSO Detectives arrested Chase Alan Skinner, 27, of the 1500 block of Eight Mile Loop, Natchitoches, La. while in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on unrelated charges for 1-count of Possession of a Firearm by a Person convicted of a Felony, 1-count of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals,  Principle to Dogfighting, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

No bond has been set on Skinner.

On April 17th, Ivory Hicks, 43, of the 1500 block of Eight Mile Loop, Natchitoches, La. was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, Dogfighting, Possession of a Firearm by a Person convicted of a Felony.

Hicks was released on bond.

Detectives say the investigation is still ongoing.

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