A Polk County, Georgia dog fighter was sentenced to 5o years with 15 years to serve in prison Judge Richard Sutton decided on Tuesday afternoon. Devechio Rowland was found guilty of 107 felony counts for dog fighting and 107 misdemeanor counts for animal abuse last month. Rowland faced a prison sentence of 642 years. He will also be on probation for 35 years.
According to WsbTv, at least 107 dogs were described as “half-dead.” Disturbing video showed the dogs chained to trees nearly starved to death. Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd stated it was the worst case of animal cruelty the department had ever seen.
In 2010, Rowland was arrested on animal cruelty charges and an association with a dog fighting ring, but the case was dismissed after one of the main witnesses died.
At least 30 animal advocates were at the courthouse when the judge announced the sentence. Some of the onlookers cried while others were saddened that Rowland’s prison time wasn’t at least 20 years.
Many of the dogs have since been rehabilitated adopted. Read the previous article here.
(Photos and video of dog fighter and dogs involved via Polk County Police Department)
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