Brenton Mathis, the man accused of dog fighting in Fluvanna County, is asking the court to give his dogs back. He's also asking the judge not to use any of the dogs as evidence in his upcoming trial.
Mathis' attorney filed the motion in Fluvanna County Circuit Court Wednesday. The motion says police didn't show Mathis a warrant before they took 10 pit bulls from his mother's home in Palmyra back in January.
The dogs are currently being held at the Fluvanna County SPCA. They're being treated as evidence in the case. But in this latest motion, Mathis is asking the court to throw them out as evidence, and to give them back to his mother.
Mathis faces dog fighting and animal cruelty charges, as well as a civil suit from the state.
He is scheduled to appear in a Fluvanna County Circuit Court on May 23 for a pre-trial hearing. That was supposed to be Thursday, but was postponed.
His trial starts August 8.
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