PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - Sherman Nash, 38, of Pineville was arrested July 25th for dogfighting after Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives linked him to 17 pit bulls found in the Wardville area.
Sherman Lane Nash, Jr. (RPSO)
"Along with all the dog fighting equipment, breeding stands, the dogs were chained to very heavy chains,” said RPSO Public Information Officer, Capt. Tommy Carnline. “Some were even chained to weights, you know, to make them work out and things of this nature."
While Nash was released from jail on a $13,000 bond, the dogs are at the Alexandria Animal Shelter.
"Their staff are over there doing an outstanding job of making sure the animals are comfortable, they're fed, they're watered and they're taken care of veterinary medical wise if that is necessary," Carnline said.
Nash claimed the dogs are his, but RPSO is currently working to make sure that is actually true.
"We are going to work very hard to try and reunite these dogs with their rightful owners if they belong to someone else,” expressed Carnline. “As of right now it does not look like that is the case."
Carnline said he is uncertain of what will happen to the dogs in the future, but the Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure R.S. 102.6 (A) states that dogs involved in dogfighting must be humanely euthanized because they are a "threat to the health and safety of the public.”
"It’s a very sad situation for the animals, but then again, the liabilities sometimes can outweigh anything,” said Carnline. “Say an animal was adopted to a family and the dog killed a child or killed a neighbor child or did something like that, we are right back into the same boat as we were before with a vicious dog."
However, the investigation is not to that point yet.
"We want to continue our investigation and hopefully make more arrests so that hopefully we can prevent this in the future," Carnline said.
The Alexandria Animal Shelter posted the following statement to its Facebook page Friday evening:
"A number of dogs were recently received at the Alexandria Animal Shelter during an investigation by the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office.
Those dogs are now a part of an ongoing investigation. Meanwhile, they are being well taken care of by shelter staff. They will be vetted if necessary as well.
As a part of the investigation, the animals are not currently available for viewing and will be held until the outcome of the case which could take weeks to months.
All dogs were scanned for microchips. If any were found RPSO will make contact at an appropriate time.
If you are concerned about a dog you are missing please feel free to send a good photo and valid telephone number to Deborah.Foggo@cityofalex.com.
If RPSO matches a photo you will be contacted at an appropriate time."