Warrants issued for six in dog fighting ring

Published 12:45 pm Monday, May 2, 2016

Warrants have been issued for six men allegedly involved in a dog-fighting ring that was exposed in late March.

The warrants, issued by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, were for engaging in criminal activity, according to a press release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

The warrants issued included; Kyle Reginald White, 31, of Beaumont; Robert Ray Hale, 37, of Beaumont; Dantavian Jamal Collier, 22, of Beaumont; Kirby Ray Richard, 25, of Beaumont; Billy Ray Leblanc, 26, of Beaumont; Abdual Ramon Bluitt, 38, of Beaumont.

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Bluitt was arrested and is in custody in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana.

Hale was arrested and bonded out on a $15,000 bond.

Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office stumbled upon a large dog fight while on a call about loose horses on Smokey Lane in the county. Deputies knew the owner of the horses lived on Rogers Avenue, one block over, from previous calls of loose horses.

When they arrived at the address on Rogers Avenue they saw a large number of vehicles at the home and, as they approached, noticed a large gathering of people behind the home and the smell of burnt marijuana.

A man at the home saw the deputies approaching and everyone fled the area. There were between 40 to 50 people at the gathering.

Once inside the backyard deputies saw a square wooden pit with two pit bull dogs inside. The dogs were severely injured and one was bleeding profusely.

Additional deputies arrived along with Beaumont Animal Control, Beaumont Police Department IS unit and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Livestock deputy.

Law enforcement believes the area was used for dog fighting and dog fight training due to evidence at the location. All the dogs were seized and taken to the Beaumont Animal Shelter.

The owner of the property told police she did not know anything about dog fighting.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of those individuals that have not been arrested please call Crime Stoppers at 833-TIPS.