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Palmyra Man Charged with Dog Fighting, Animal Cruelty

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A Fluvanna County man is behind bars without bond, charged with dog fighting. Brenton Lemont Mathis, 39, of Palmyra was arrested without incident Wednesday.

Last week, he showed NBC29 the area where 10 dogs were kept before they were seized by authorities. Mathis said he was not involved with dog fighting, but now he's facing eight felony counts of fighting animals for sports. He is also charged with animal cruelty and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Mathis is due in court January 28.

Fluvanna County Sheriff's Department Press Release

On 01/22/2014, Brenton Lemont Mathis, age 39 of Palmyra, was arrested without incident for eight counts of violating 3.2-6571 Code of Virginia, Fighting Animals (Dogs) for Sport, a felony; eight counts of violating 3.2-6570 Code of Virginia, Animal Cruelty, a misdemeanor, and one count of violating 18.2-308.2 Code of Virginia, Possess firearm after being convicted of a violent felony, a felony.

Mathis was held without bond and was transported to the Central Virginia Regional Jail. His next hearing is set for January 28, 2014 ay 1:00pm in Fluvanna County General District Court.

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