Two men were convicted Wednesday on animal cruelty charges in connection with a raid last year in Washington County that uncovered dozens of dead or neglected dogs that were suspected to have been used for fighting.
Derrick Montez Daniels, of Dekalb, was sentenced to five years in state prison and five years of probation, and Billy Taylor Jr., of Sandersville, was sentenced to one year in county jail and nine years of probation, according to a news release from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which assisted in the case. Both were convicted on 26 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.
"These dogs were not only starved of food and affection, but used to breed and fight each other to the death," said Tim Rickey, senior director of ASPCA Field Investigation and Response, in a statement. "I'm glad justice is being served."
The ASPCA and Washington County Sheriff's Office worked together last February on the case when they discovered 26 emaciated and chained dogs. They also found 27 dead dogs in different stages of decomposition.