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Georgia Dogfighters Sentenced to Jail Time

The Humane Society of the United States assisted in investigation and rescue of dogs


A United States District Court Judge in Georgia handed down stiff sentences this week to two convicted dogfighters who were arrested in connection with the second-largest dogfighting raid in U.S. history. The Humane Society of the United States assisted authorities with the investigation, and the seizure and care of the dogs. Willie Henderson was sentenced to seven years and nine months in prison and Raymond Lee Hendrix was sentenced to 16 months in prison. The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Middle District of Georgia prosecuted the case. Both defendants also had ties to a 2013 raid on a dogfight in progress that led to more than 50 arrests.

Chris Schindler, senior manager of animal fighting response for The HSUS, said: “We know that dogfighters aren’t concerned with the well-being of their dogs, but if they are concerned with their freedom, they’ll think twice before participating in this criminal activity. These strong sentences send the message that dogfighting is a despicable crime that will be severely punished. We were proud to partner with the many agencies involved in making this case a success.”

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 240-751-3943, stwining@humanesociety.org