Authorities say the dog fights took place at a house on Highway 547 between Port Gibson and Pattison. Participants came in from Louisiana and Texas. Acting on a tip, deputies say they interrupted a fight in progress Saturday night around 7:30.
â€œWe seen vehicles going into the area so then we proceeded in,â€œ recalls Sheriff Frank Davis.
He says 40-year-old Bryan Eggleston faces a list of felony charges. Eggleston is charged with promoting dog fighting, training dogs for fighting, and being a spectator.
â€œHeâ€™s the only one charged with the majority of the charges, most people are going to be charged as spectators to the dog fight,â€œ explains Sheriff Davis.
The sheriff tells News Channel 12, 25 other people are also being charged as spectators, which is also a felony. But, Sheriff Davis says the search is on for the dozens more who got away.
â€œPeople whose automobiles that was parked out there that night we have towed in,â€œ comments Sheriff Davis.
And, 13 pit bulls were seized from the property and taken to the Vicksburg-Warren County Humane Society.
â€œAlmost everyone of these in here have ripped ears, the bite wounds are usually concentrated around the face, front legs, chest, we have one in here that theyâ€™re all cut up over the body and itâ€™s just puncture wounds and lacerations,â€œ adds Georgia Lynn, President and Director of the Vicksburg-Warren County Humane Society.
Lynn claims all of the dogs are aggressive, and they are now waiting on a court order so they can put them down.