We are happy to report a victory in the animal cruelty
case against Johnny Hayes, a Clarke County man who conducted hog-dog
fighting events on his property. On Thursday (9/9), Hayes was found guilty
of animal cruelty for organizing competitions where trained hunting dogs
viciously attack penned, feral pigs for the entertainment of spectators.
At sentencing (stay tuned for the exact date), Hayes faces 30 days in jail
for his misdemeanor animal cruelty conviction.
Hayes' conviction is significant because it is the first
animal cruelty conviction in Alabama for hog dog fighting and it makes it
clear that this barbaric activity is illegal in the state. The
repercussions of the Hayes conviction are already being felt. Just one day
after the conviction, a major hog-dog fight operation, "Double-P Catch
Pen," took down its promotional website.
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