Deputies arrest property owner weeks after dog fighting bust

Published: Oct. 20, 2011 at 9:59 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 30, 2011 at 9:59 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Deputies have arrested two more men in connection with a Richland County dog fighting operation that was busted last month, according to the sheriff.

Sheriff Leon Lott said James Earl Green, 60, and Jason Lundees Washington, 31, were both arrested on Tuesday. Lott said Green turned himself in, and Washington was arrested after being released on bond for federal drug charges.
Green is charged with three counts of felony animal cruelty, and four counts of dog fighting. Lott said Green used box cutters or scissors to cut the ears off of three puppies between four and five weeks old. Washington is charged with two counts of dog fighting.   
Around 6:00pm on September 8, Richland County deputies responded to a house on Camp Ground Road in reference to a complaint of dogs barking in the woods between 633 and 647 Camp Ground Road. Upon arrival, deputies saw several dogs chained to the ground along a path with evidence of mistreatment. 
Lott said Green lives at the house, and was present with several other people watching two Pit Bulls fight. Deputies were able to arrest one person at the scene, but Lott said two other jumped into a car and tried to run over deputies in an attempt to flee.
Those three suspects have also been arrested. Lott didn't say whether any other arrests are pending.
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