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DC Man Arrested for Felony Dog Fighting

Tavone Brown of Washington, DC was arrested Wednesday on a warrant obtained by Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) Humane Law Enforcement Officers for felony animal fighting. Mr. Brown was taken into custody by the Metropolitan Police Department.

Thursday, HRA Humane Law Enforcement Officers, in collaboration with Prince George’s County Animal Management Division, executed a related search warrant at the residence of Terence Dorsey of District Heights, MD. Officers searched for evidence related to organized dog fighting and one dog was seized. A felony arrest warrant for animal fighting remains out for Mr. Dorsey. HRA’s Humane Law Enforcement division is asking the public for any information leading to Mr. Dorsey’s whereabouts and subsequent arrest. If you have information, please call 202-723-5730, option 1.

“Dog fighting is pure cruelty,” said Lisa LaFontaine, President and CEO of HRA. “This activity is abhorrent and will not be tolerated. Our Officers will root out animal fighting wherever it might be found.”

On January 11, Humane Rescue Alliance Officers executed a search warrant at Mr. Brown’s residence in Northeast DC and collected an enormous amount of evidence related to organized dog fighting. Two dogs with wounds and scars consistent with fighting were seized.

During Mr. Brown’s arrest, a third dog was discovered to be living in the residence. A search warrant was executed by Humane Rescue Alliance Officers on January 30 at Mr. Brown’s residence in Northeast DC, and an underweight dog was seized.  

Over the course of a year at a park near Mr. Brown’s residence, several witnesses reported to HRA seeing activities consistent with the conditioning of dogs for fighting, such as strength training. HRA Officers verified at least one dog had wounds and scarring consistent with fighting. HRA also received recent reports of the use of a spring pole near Mr. Brown’s residence, devices that are suspended in the air in which dogs jump and use their mouth to hang from. Dog fighters commonly use spring poles to help boost endurance and strengthen their dog’s jaw. These factors and reports of an actual fight prompted HRA Officers to seek the initial search warrant.

The three dogs that were seized are in HRA’s care. Mr. Brown was arraigned in Superior Court of the District of Columbia Wednesday. His arrest was the result of a year-long investigation conducted by HRA.