Local News

Man Charged In Animal Cruelty Case Gets His Dogs Back

Posted April 19, 2001 5:06 a.m. EDT

— The man charged with running a dogfighting operation in Lee County has his dogs back.

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

Bill Huggins, Lee County Assistant District Attorney, says the county helped reunite Williamson with his pit bulls because caring for them became too expensive.

"We needed to find a solution that wasn't going to cost the county a lot of money, and this was the most cost-efficient way to handle it," he says.

The county says it doubts Williamson will resume dogfighting on his property anytime soon. The Sheriff's Office has permission to check on the pit bulls unannounced.

Williamson could go on trial as soon as next month.