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Punish Man Who Videotaped And Celebrated Fatal Dog Fight

Published: April 08, 2020 at 05:26 AM Author: Penny Eims

Cleveland, Tennessee – A 21-year-old Cleveland, Tennessee, man videotaped a horrific dog fight that resulted in the death of his neighbor’s dog. The man who not only videotaped the horrific fight but also celebrated his dog’s “good efforts,” is identified as Matthew Bryan Garman.

In a press release, the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office recounted the dreadful details:

At approximately 4:24 p.m. on March 6 of 2020, a video was posted on Garman’s Facebook account showing two dogs fighting. In the video, one dog was on top of the other, pinning it down and biting it on the neck area. The caption posted with the video read “He did good”, in reference to the dog on top, which was later determined to belong to the family at the residence where the dog fight occurred.

A dog named Manny died from the injuries sustained in the dog fight. Please join us in asking for Garman to be punished to the fullest extent of the law for this heinous crime. A plea deal and slap on the wrist is NOT good enough!

Manny did not deserve the cruel, painful death that Garman caused. It is appalling that this violent fight was recorded and celebrated. It is disgraceful that no attempts to end the blood bath were made.

The Sheriff’s Office reviewed the case with the District Attorney’s office, charging Garman with one count of Fighting or Baiting of Animals. Garman was arrested and now he must face a significant sentence for his despicable act of cruelty! Please add your name to the petition – your signatures and comments will be given to the prosecutor along with a request for this man to face severe punishment.

Update 7/2020: VICTORY! Matthew pled guilty and received one year in jail for the animal cruelty charge and $650 in court costs and fines. He was also sentenced to six years in jail for violating probation and for previous charges.  Case # 2020CR146  Thank you to everyone who took the time to sign this petition. 14,788 signatures.

Update 3/24/2020:

“On Thursday, March 19 of 2020, Matthew Garman appeared before Judge Sheridan Randolph in General Sessions Court. Through his attorney, Garman waved his right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over to the Bradley County Grand Jury. District Attorney General Steve Crump and Sheriff Steve Lawson were present in the courtroom when Garman waived his right to the preliminary hearing. Garman will be facing charges of Fighting or Baiting of Animals when his case is heard by the Grand Jury.”

Updates will follow when they become available.

Source:  Bradley County Sheriff’s Office TN:

* Individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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16,486 signatures = 82% of goal


16,486 John Robertson Nov 30, 2022
16,485 Haley Sitzlar Let them rot in hell where they belong pieces of shits , I live only 40 minutes away from them and would kick their asses any day for what they did. Trial them for life/ death, if they can do it to animal they will do it to humans Nov 29, 2022
16,484 Elizabeth Tennison I hope they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. People like that have no place in society and for everyone’s sake should rot behind bars for the rest of their miserable lives. Nov 23, 2022
16,483 matilde damian Nov 20, 2022
16,482 Lisel Sipes These two redneck ass wipes should get the same treatment Nov 19, 2022
16,481 Dana Dykes Nov 19, 2022
16,480 Christina Roop Nov 16, 2022
16,479 Jocelyn Warburton Nov 07, 2022
16,478 Beth C Nov 06, 2022
16,477 RHONDA BRONG Nov 05, 2022
16,476 Wendy Anderson Nov 04, 2022
16,475 Amy Ong Oct 28, 2022
16,474 Claire Sefiane Oct 23, 2022
16,473 Irene Murray Show no mercy to these two scumbag monsters! If they are not held accountable now for the grotesque behaviour that they shown on the innocent poor dog they will do it again and they had threatened to do so! Prison time for these two monsters! And a record a permanent record for life! Oct 23, 2022
16,472 Lisa Cairns Oct 19, 2022
16,471 Denise Carlson Oct 17, 2022
16,470 Maria Holman Oct 15, 2022
16,469 Martine VATANT Oct 09, 2022
16,468 Shannon Nichols Oct 07, 2022
16,467 Rebecca Drywater Wow, they started their crime career early!! What on earth did that dog do to deserve such cruelty? Not a darn thing!!! These teens killed it for short and fun. They should be taught a stern lesson. Put them both in adult jail and leave them there for a very long time!! Oct 06, 2022
16,466 River Massingill Oct 05, 2022
16,465 Julie Goss Oct 04, 2022
16,464 Dena Foskett Anyone that can brutally kill an animal will hurt humans, it’s just a matter of time. Please prosecute these men before they murder someone Oct 03, 2022
16,463 Sandy Bairfield Oct 02, 2022
16,462 Xochitl Quintanilla Sep 30, 2022
16,461 Christina Lamura Sep 28, 2022
16,460 Lori Rebernik Sep 23, 2022
16,459 Tanya Morales Sep 20, 2022
16,458 Annette Wynne Sep 18, 2022
16,457 Andrea Hennig Höchststrafe für die Mörder! Sep 17, 2022