Crime

Treadmills, other equipment found at alleged Macon dogfighting location

Treadmills used to train dogs and a device for forced breeding allegedly were found at the home of a former Bibb County Sheriff’s Office employee accused of dogfighting, according to an arrest warrant released Tuesday.

Sheryl Denise Smith, 51, and her sons, 28-year-old Felix Hughes Jr. and 33-year-old Bruce Davis, each have been charged in the case.

Smith began work at the sheriff’s office in 2007 and is not a sworn deputy. She has only worked in the jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

Although Smith was fired Monday after an internal investigation found her to be in violation of office policies, that investigation still is ongoing.

Deputies were dispatched to Smith’s home on Dalton Street July 11 to help animal control officers confiscate dogs that had injuries suspected to be from dogfighting, according to an incident report.

According to the report:

A neighbor had called animal control reporting that injured dogs had been running loose in the yard and fighting.

After finding the equipment, officers called Smith and obtained permission to search the house. One of the treadmills was stained with blood.

Hughes arrived after the call and unlocked the house.

While searching kitchen cabinets, deputies found several bottles of medication commonly used to treat dogs after fights to prevent them from having to visit a veterinarian.

They also found a dogfighting manual at the house that detailed “how to train, breed and take care of the dogs.”

Hughes denied fighting dogs. He told deputies two dogs had gotten injured while breaking out of a cage.

After finding evidence linking Davis’ Nisbet Drive address to the investigation, officers went there and were approached by a neighbor who said he’d videoed Davis force breeding dogs on multiple occasions.

Davis’ arrest warrant alleged that photos exist showing him transporting the dogs between his home and his mother’s home.

Five dogs were seized from his house, according to the warrant.

Smith allegedly kept at least eight dogs at her home, according to a warrant.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398 or find her on Twitter@awomackmacon.

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