Man charged with animal cruelty after suspected arena found

August 16, 2021 GMT

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (AP) — Maryland prosecutors have charged a northern Virginia man with animal cruelty after the discovery of a suspected dog fighting arena earlier this year.

The St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Damien Terrell Wilson, 48, of Woodbridge, Virginia, with 47 counts of animal cruelty last week, WTOP-FM reported.

St. Mary’s County sheriff’s deputies got a tip about a suspected dog fighting arena on a power line cut-through in February and found evidence of dog fighting at the location. Investigators found paraphernalia tied to dog fighting and 11 dogs, but officials said three dogs were euthanized when behavioral evaluations determined that rehabilitation would be too dangerous.

Wilson is scheduled to appear in court next month.