Two men have been convicted of animal cruelty and sentenced to time behind bars in connection with a February 2010 dog fighting raid that uncovered 26 tethered, starving and severely neglected Pit Bulls on a property in Sandersville, Georgia.
Following a three-day trial, Derrick Montez Daniels of DeKalb and Billy Taylor, Jr., of Sandersville were each convicted of 26 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Daniels, the dogs’ owner, was sentenced to five years in state prison and five years of probation, while Taylor, who lived on the property and was the dogs’ “caretaker,” was sentenced to one year in county jail and nine years of probation.
Members of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team during the raid in Sandersville, GA in February 2010.
“The defendants were held accountable for the pain and suffering they caused these innocent animals,” says Tim Rickey, ASPCA Senior Director of Field Investigations and Response and leader of the February investigation. Rickey, who also attended the three-day trial in Sandersville, adds, “These dogs were not only starved of food and affection, but used to breed and fight each other to the death. I’m glad justice is being served.”
When the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response (FIR) Team arrived at the Sandersville property at the behest of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, they found dogs shivering in the freezing cold and tied to tire axles and posts with heavy chains. All were emaciated and showed signs of severe neglect, including broken bones, wounds and infections. The responders also found numerous dead dogs on the property.
Says Rickey, “It’s encouraging to start off the year with two successful animal cruelty convictions and send a clear message that animal abuse will not be tolerated in our country.”