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Judge: Dogs Can be Used as Evidence in Fluvanna Dog Fighting Trial

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The dogs seized from a Fluvanna County property in January will be used as evidence in an upcoming dog fighting trial.

Brenton Mathis is facing eight felony dog fighting charges, 10 misdemeanor animal cruelty charges and one felony firearms charge. He is also facing a civil suit from the state. The state wants to use 10 pit bulls seized from Mathis’ mother's property on January 10 as evidence in his August trial. Mathis filed a motion to keep that from happening – but a judge denied that request Friday in a pretrial hearing.

“Obviously we were disappointed that the court dismissed the suppression motion, but we'll see what happens next,” said Terry Hughes, Mathis’ lawyer.

According to the state, police searched the property after they got a tip from someone close to the family. Mathis's team says investigators were misleading during their search.

“We thought it was an invasion of privacy to take his dogs and take urine, take blood, and all that from the dogs and all that, but the court made its ruling on a premises issue so,” said Hughes.

The state says the dogs have scars and injuries that are indicative of dog fighting. The dogs are currently being held at the Fluvanna County SPCA.

Mathis is due back in court for another hearing on June 27. His trial is scheduled to begin August 8 in Fluvanna County.

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