2nd person arrested in Jones County dog fighting ring, dogs recovering

2nd person arrested in Jones County dog fighting ring, dogs recovering
(Source: Southern Cross Animal Rescue)
(Source: Southern Cross Animal Rescue)

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A second Laurel man is charged in connection to a dog fighting ring that was discovered in Jones County Friday.

Jason Herring, 29, made his initial appearance in court Tuesday afternoon.

According to a release, Herring admitted to training the dogs.

According to the Jones County Sheriff's Department, a total of 11 dogs were found.  Nine of the dogs were tied to trees without food, water, or shelter in a wooded area in the back of a mobile home park on Rose Lane in the Calhoun Community.

Judge David Lyons set his bond at $25,000.

The first suspect charged in the operation was 31-year-old Push Seaberry of Laurel. He, remains in the Jones County Jail with a bond set at $35,000.

Heather Williams with Southern Cross Animal Rescue said they contacted the Parkside Animal Hospital to house the dogs until they could place them.

Williams said all of the dogs are recovering well including one who recently gave birth.

"This was the first time the dogs were seized by the sheriff's department, so it's a unique situation," Williams said.

Williams said the dogs will be held until the court case is resolved. They will be available for adoption at that time.

She added that over forty people have called the shelter with concerns that their dogs might have been stolen and recovered in the operation.

"We've been comparing pictures, and so far none have been a match with the dogs," Williams said.

Southern Cross Animal Rescue President and founder Heather Williams offered a few words on how the public can help.

"Obviously directly to this case by supporting S.C.A.R.," Williams said. "Making donations and volunteering their help, sharing the stories, all of that is very helpful to our organization. But the bigger picture, the way that we really want to push and encourage people to get involved is just to speak up. We see things that look suspicious and don't add up, the best thing that you can do is report it."

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