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Eighteenth arrest made in local dog fighting case

On Wednesday, May 18, Johnnie Jones Jr, age 31, turned himself into the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office on outstanding warrants for dog fighting and commercial gambling. Jones’ arrest brings the total number of arrests to eighteen in the April 24 bust of a local dog fighting ring. 

Jones is currently being held in the Seminole County jail. Of the eighteen total arrests, sixteen are currently out on bond awaiting trial for felony dog fighting and commercial gambling. Donnametric Miller, arrested on May 2, is still in custody on a parole hold and for a new warrant for possession of firearm by convicted felon. 

Additional arrests are pending, and this case is still under active investigation. If you have any information, please contact the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office at 229-524-5115.

On Sunday, April 24, at approximately 8:15 p.m, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip of a dog-fighting ring off Jessie Mitchell Road in southwestern Seminole County. It would turn out to be the most horrific and brutal dog-fighting ring ever discovered in Seminole County, and quite possibly anywhere in Southwest Georgia.  

At that time, the officers on the scene requested the assistance of an on-call investigator and additional off-duty officers were requested to respond to the scene.  Additional assistance was also requested from numerous area law enforcement agencies. 

Twenty-seven pit bulls were recovered.  Four were transported to the Port City Veterinary Clinic and one was transported to the Colquitt Animal Hospital for treatment. The others were released to the  US Marshals specialized animal rescue group.

Officers continued to search the area throughout the night looking for the suspects who had fled the scene. Seven firearms were recovered, and twenty-two vehicles were towed from the scene.   

The following twelve arrests for felony dog fighting and commercial gambling were made during the night of April 24. 

Brandon A. Baker, age 39; Christopher Brown, age 28; Herman Buggs Jr, age 54; Temichael S. Elijah, age 45; Robert P. Fioramonti, age 35; Terelle D. Ganzy; Cornelious A. Johnson, age 38; Ramar D. Lee, age 45; Kayla E. Stelle, age 22; Robert L. West, age 38; Fredricus White, age 34; and Gary Hopkins, age 65.

On May 1 Fredrica J Buggs, age 34, Rodrecus D. Kimble, age 41, and Torris S. Kimble, age 29, were apprehended and arrested.

Marvin L. Pulley III, age 50, and Donnametric S. Miller, age 39, turned themselves in to Seminole County Sheriff officers on May 2. 

As stated earlier in the article additional arrests are pending, and this case is still under active investigation. If you have any information, please contact the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office at 229-524-5115.

Seminole County Sheriff Heath
Elliott commends his entire staff and all who have assisted on this case for their efforts.

He would also like to thank Georgia State Patrol, Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, Miller County Sheriff’s Office, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Donalsonville Police Department, Colquitt Police Department, Seminole County Codes Enforcement, Clay County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Department of Natural Resources.

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