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Six indicted in Robeson dog-fighting operation

Posted July 5, 2012

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— A federal grand jury has indicted six men in a dog-fighting operation in Robeson County, authorities said Thursday.

James Matthew Blackman, 43, Ricky Dial, 55, and Jimmy Jacobs, 40, all of Maxton, Frank Jacobs, 69, of Laurinburg, and Tony Harris, 35 and Ozell McLain, 59, both of South Carolina, were indicted on conspiracy and four other charges related to the operation.

According to the indictment, the men trained and bred pit bulls for fighting, hosted and participated in dog fights in secluded locations in various states, placed and accepted bets on fights, collected entrance fees for fights and offered prize money for winning animals.

“Word must go out – dog fighting, a particularly cruel crime, will not be tolerated," U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker said in a statement.


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  • Diva RN Jul 6, 2012

    Yes Crew Dog. Let the breeders fight to the death, then shoot the winner. But only after we chain them up outside, feed them gunpowder, and have strangers come by and beat on them to make them more vicious. Yes, they actually do these things to fighting dogs.

  • 426X3 Jul 5, 2012

    I got an idea. Let the breeders fight it out and charge admission. No holes barred, fight to the death. The events would be sold out every time.

  • lec02572 Jul 5, 2012

    How about a life sentence for all involved. Not going to happen with certain legislators in office. They will probably have the dogs taken, destroyed and slapped on the wrist with a $200 fine. Got to give these guy time to think about it!

  • Scubagirl Jul 5, 2012

    sadly, bigboohoo is correct. NC is most definitely not known for taking a hard line on animal abuse......getting better but it's slow and painful and sometimes 2 steps forward,

  • Ambygirl Jul 5, 2012

    This state is a laughing stock on any crime, animal or not!! They just let a woman take a plea deal for murder and she'll get 8 years MAX and they have given her time served as well!! You can do just about anything in this state and have little to no punishment. It's absolutely ridiculous.

  • malonem1 Jul 5, 2012

    Don't these people have something else to do in their spare time than betting on fighting dogs? what the heck is wrong with them?

  • savannahn8v Jul 5, 2012

    I agree with bigboohoo!!!!!

    Lumberton / Robeson County....imagine that! Surprised? No.

  • glo Jul 5, 2012

    Well said, bigboohoo. It is embarassing to live here for an animal lover. May these guys rot in prison.

  • alwaysconcernedmom Jul 5, 2012

    Put them in prison and let them "fight" to survive.

    People like these men do not contribute to society and do not deserve to live!

  • bigboohoo Jul 5, 2012

    Thankfully this is a Federal case because North Carolina has proven time and time again they dont care about animals or their rights. If this was a NC case they would get a pass on insufficient evidence or they would get an outrageous deal.