A Virginia man is facing 47 counts of animal cruelty following the discovery of a suspected dog-fighting operation in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. On August 13, the St. Mary’s County State Attorney’s Office issued a release about the arrest and charges.
“State’s Attorney Richard Fritz announces that on August 12, 2021, Damien Terrell Wilson was served a Criminal Information charging him with 47 counts of Animal Cruelty.”
According to the release, the suspected dog fighting arena was found on February 10, 2021. The release outlines what was found:
“Numerous items of paraphernalia associated with dog fighting were located. Eleven dogs were rescued. All eleven dogs underwent behavioral evaluations.”
Three of the dogs taken from the location were determined to be “so overtly aggressive,” that they had to be euthanized.
The suspect is scheduled for an initial appearance in St. Mary’s County Circuit Court on September 29.
(Booking photo via St. Mary’s County State Attorney’s Office)
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