Sheriff: Suspect bites deputy during suspected dog-fighting ring bust

Published: Jul. 13, 2015 at 9:02 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 23, 2015 at 9:09 PM EDT
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Jacobi Anthony Green (Source: Richland County)
Jacobi Anthony Green (Source: Richland County)

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Twenty-four dogs were rescued from a suspected dog-fighting operation over the weekend and the cause of a deputy's bite wound may surprise you.

Twenty-one-year-old Jacobi Anthony Green faces multiple charges including threatening the life of a public official. That's because he allegedly bit a deputy during the bust.

Deputies saw a motorcycle that had been reported stolen on Church Road while on patrol on Sunday.

When deputies approached the rear of the home, there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside, investigators said. As they reached the home Green attempted to run away, but he was caught a short distance away, according to investigators.

Deputies discovered approximately 16 dogs and 8 puppies, many of which showed signs of neglect and malnourishment, deputies said.

Investigators found a dog-fighting pit and dog-fighting paraphernalia inside a building behind the house. Heavy chains, a weighted collar, and a spring devise were also recovered.

Deputies contacted Richland County Animal Control which transported the animals to receive proper care.

While in custody, Green allegedly kicked and bit Senior Deputy John Hatfield on the arm. Investigators said Green also verbally threatening the life of the deputy and his family.

The deputy was treated on scene by EMS for minor injures.

Several stolen lawnmowers, a black dual axle trailer with a Toro Aero Turn radius mower, and a small quantity of marijuana were also found at the home.

Green is also charged with receiving stolen goods, resisting arrest, two counts of animal fighting and baiting, and simple possession of marijuana.

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests and charges are possible.

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