Bibb County sheriff’s employee fired after dogfighting arrest

A Bibb County Sheriff’s Office employee assigned to the jail was fired Monday after her arrest on a charge of party to the crime of dogfighting.

Sheryl Denise Smith was arrested following an internal investigation after a July 11 incident at her home in which injured dogs were found by sheriff’s patrol deputies helping animal control officers, according to a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office news release. An internal investigation found evidence of dogfighting at the residence.

Two others were previously arrested in the case. Felix Hughes Jr., 28, of Macon, was arrested July 11, and Bruce Davis, 33, of Macon, was arrested Friday, the release said. Both were charged with dogfighting.

The day of the incident, eight dogs were treated at the home for injuries received during fighting, the release said. The dogs allegedly were kept at the residence for the purposes of training and fighting.

Items used for training the dogs and to clean the dogs prior to fighting were in plain view just outside the back door in a fenced area, according to the release.

Smith was fired for policy violations and is free on $5,700 bond.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.