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Two Louisville men arrested on animal cruelty charges

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James White (Image Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) James White (Image Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Antonio Hawkins (Image Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Antonio Hawkins (Image Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two Louisville men are facing charges of animal cruelty.

James White, 40, was arrested Saturday at his home in the 2700 block of West Kentucky Street, between South 26th and South 28th Streets. According to police records, 31-year-old Antonio Hawkins was arrested on November 16.

According to police records, on October 14 of this year, an officer saw "a male pit bull type dog tied to a chain link fence with a heavy log chain wrapped around his neck and mid section." Police say the chain used is the kind commonly used by dog fighters.

Authorities say officers found old and fresh wounds on the dog, covering its head, neck and front legs. Officials say the wounds and scars "are all indicative of dog fighting."

Police say officers also saw two female dogs in the backyard. One of the dogs was in a kennel that had not been cleaned and was full of feces, according to police.

Investigators say the second female dog was in the side yard area that was enclosed by gates. Police say feces and debris were found in the enclosed area.

According to police, the two female dogs "were very thin where you could see all of their ribs and hip bones."

Police took the dogs to Louisville Metro Animal Services for evaluation. Police say "the condition of all three dogs is indicative of dog fighting and breeding with the intent to fight." 

When the dogs were initially taken, police were not able to contact anyone at the home.

Officials say about two hours later, White and Hawkins pulled up to the house.

Authorities say when police spoke with White, he said he was not supposed to be around dogs and had recently been in trouble for animal cruelty. Police say White also stated that if he were around dogs, he could possibly go to jail for a year.

According to police, White had a key to a residence on South 18th Street. Police say Hawkins told authorities he was the owner of the dogs and had been keeping them at the home on South 18th Street.

Officials also say Hawkins stated he was working on the residence, which is owned by his uncle, and that he was keeping the dogs at the residence.

White and Hawkins are each charged with one count of first-degree animal cruelty and three counts of second-degree animal cruelty.

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