This file photo shows a dog previously rescued from a dogfighting ring in DeKalb County. 
Photo: WSB-TV LifeLine Animal Project
Photo: WSB-TV LifeLine Animal Project

Police bust dogfighting operation in Monroe County, rescue 9 animals

A Georgia man already charged for his role in a dogfighting business is now facing additional charges, police said Friday.

When U.S. Marshals went to the man’s home, there were more signs of dogfighting, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said. 

Kevin Charles, 43, of Jackson, was indicted on federal charges in December, court records show. Charles, also known as “Trinidad,” was one of 13 defendants accused of transporting pit bull-type dogs to fight and charging $100 entrance fees for those attending. 

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On Thursday, marshals and local deputies attempted to arrest Charles on the federal charges. At his home, investigators found more evidence of dogfighting and rescued nine dogs, the sheriff’s office said. The animals were taken to the county’s animal shelter and Charles was charged with dogfighting, police said. 

Monroe County is located about 60 miles south of Atlanta. 

A mug shot for Charles was not available Friday afternoon because he is in federal custody. 

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