Dogs Euthanized And Man Faces 47 Animal Cruelty Charges After Dog-Fighting Organization Found

Published: August 16, 2021 at 10:05 PM Author: Penny Eims



A Virginia man is facing 47 counts of animal cruelty following the discovery of a suspected dog-fighting operation in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. On August 13, the St. Mary’s County State Attorney’s Office issued a release about the arrest and charges.

“State’s Attorney Richard Fritz announces that on August 12, 2021, Damien Terrell Wilson was served a Criminal Information charging him with 47 counts of Animal Cruelty.”

According to the release, the suspected dog fighting arena was found on February 10, 2021. The release outlines what was found:

“Numerous items of paraphernalia associated with dog fighting were located. Eleven dogs were rescued. All eleven dogs underwent behavioral evaluations.”

Three of the dogs taken from the location were determined to be “so overtly aggressive,” that they had to be euthanized.

The suspect is scheduled for an initial appearance in St. Mary’s County Circuit Court on September 29.

(Booking photo via St. Mary’s County State Attorney’s Office)


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Martha McClain
Martha McClain
1 month ago

What a disgusting man. Dog fighting is horrible and needs to be taken way more seriously than it is. Slaps on the wrist and fine they can pay and be out on the next day isn’t teaching them anything. Harsh fine and strictest punishment!

BESA LAPI
BESA LAPI
24 days ago
Reply to  Martha McClain

Dogfighting has to be made illegal!

Sheila Sartin
Sheila Sartin
22 days ago
Reply to  Martha McClain

I agree.

Kamran Shah
Kamran Shah
22 days ago
Reply to  Martha McClain

100% dog fighting should be illegal & the perpetrators punished with the the most harshest penalty not jail time only

Naila M Johnston
Naila M Johnston
20 days ago
Reply to  Martha McClain

Death penalty!! Death to these POS who do ANYTHING involved in dog-fiighting!! Horrendous cruelties, suffering and deaths!! Kill those monsters!!!

Arlene Sen
Arlene Sen
1 month ago

Dog-fighting is extremely cruel. People involved need to be strictly punished with long prison sentences and lifetime bans on having animals, working with animals and being around animals

Sandra Mason
Sandra Mason
29 days ago

these articles always have sympathy for the dogs but never the bait animals.. like cats and bunnies…

Nancy Marshall
Nancy Marshall
25 days ago
Reply to  Sandra Mason

You know you’re absolutely right they never mention that do they unfortunately very very very sad and sick people in this world.

Teresa Corner
Teresa Corner
29 days ago

Sandra mason, Those are my thoughts as well. Law enforcement should also be pursuing charges against the “outer circle”, those that collected/stole/“adopted” the bait animals (any and all animals) that were provided to the criminal act of dog fighting. They are criminals that need to be outed and charged, just as equally as the ring leaders. I also always wonder, especially when these rings exist in the northeast, were some of those bait animals (unintentionally) provided by transports from high-kill shelters in the south? Heartbreaking to think about.

Steven
Steven
29 days ago

It doesn’t seem to matter how many charges a–holes like Wilson are charged with, it’s what they’re convicted of that matters. He needs to be convicted of felonies and do at least 10 years with no good time.

Kathy Rowe
Kathy Rowe
29 days ago

The trial date is too far off he needs to be punishednow

Irma luz Roman
Irma luz Roman
26 days ago

Get rid off scum bag like him they don’t belong in this world.

Nancy Marshall
Nancy Marshall
25 days ago

I hope he spends a lot if time in prison. Never own another animal for life. Let them fight him in jail and see 1/4 of what the dogs went through! An Eye for An Eye!!!!!!

Sheila Sartin
Sheila Sartin
22 days ago
Reply to  Nancy Marshall

I totally agree!!

Tonja Robinson
Tonja Robinson
25 days ago

Lock his ignorant ASS up for a long time. I hate bastards like him, allowing puppies/dogs to suffer inhumanely. His evil ass needs to suffer as well.

Barb Giambrone
Barb Giambrone
23 days ago

These people are deranged and heartless. This is a Federal Offense now that President Trump signed into Law. He should be locked up for a long long time.

Ash
Ash
20 days ago

When is dog fighting going to be an official crime? It involves the well being of dogs, other animals and the community it is happening in. Should be more then just fines. Should be serious jail time per dog.

kim milan
kim milan
16 days ago

The disgusting Cerritos needs to be sentenced to 45 minutes in the ring with the dogs he abused or at least sentence to death either way I would be happy

kim milan
kim milan
16 days ago

I’ve Ben reading all the post that says jail why should we pay taxes for their incarceration

Elizabeth Lorman
Elizabeth Lorman
13 days ago

He needs to be in jail! What a vile human!