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Man Charged In Animal Cruelty Case Gets His Dogs Back

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LEE COUNTY — The man charged with running a dogfightingoperation in Lee County has his dogs back.

Deputies found 150 of the dogs when they raidedGaston Williamson's property in March.Williams got out of jail earlier this monthafter his bond was reduced from $750,000 to $25,000.

Bill Huggins, Lee County Assistant District Attorney, says the countyhelped reunite Williamson withhis pit bulls because caring for them becametoo expensive.

"We needed to find a solution that wasn'tgoing to cost the county a lot of money, and thiswas the most cost-efficient way to handle it," he says.

The county says it doubts Williamson willresume dogfighting on his property anytime soon.The Sheriff's Office has permission to check on the pit bullsunannounced.

Williamson could go on trial as soon as nextmonth.


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