Neighbors quiet about dog fight, other community members speak out
People living in a Gray neighborhood aren't saying much about an alleged dog fight there that was broken up by police on September 16th, but others are speaking their minds.
"I just feel bad for the dogs," said Billy Benedetti, who has been living in Jones County for 14 years.
"I don't go for it, and it's not right," said Leonard Huff, a blind deacon, at a local church. Huff says he's been living in Gray for more than thirty years, and he's heard a lot about dog fighting during that time.
"People around here, a lot of them shouldn't go for it, they do, they love that kind of stuff," Huff said.
According to a Gray Police report, the incident began when officers responded to a tip that there was a dog fight taking place in a wooded area between North Street and Wayne Street around 5:30 in the afternoon. When officers arrived they ran into four black males walking in the wooded area, one of them walking with a wounded dog on a chain.
All four of the alleged dog fighters scattered, but officers were able to apprehend two of them, 27-year-old Bobby Williams, and 19-year-old Lewis Pitts. The other two men ran deeper into the woods.
Police were able to recover two dogs, both badly wounded in the face and neck. The dogs were handed over to Animal Control, one had to euthanized due to its wounds.
Both suspects have been charged with dogfighting, cruelty to animals, and obstruction. Pitts has also been charged with theft by receiving stolen property.
Both suspects denied involvement in the alleged dogfight. A man who was walking in the neighborhood said he was scared to talk because others might think he is a snitch. Huff and Benedetti agree it's not likely any information will come out of the neighborhood.
"Anything like that happens in the small town of Gray ... is probably kept between the neighbors," Benedetti said.
"People like that, they ain't going to want to talk about it," said Huff.