Updated: Mar 17
- Florida, USA -
The Daytona Beach Police Department announced the arrest of three losers that need to get a job and leave innocent dogs alone!!!
Police say 33-year-old BENJAMIN PONDER, 50-year-old EARL HOLMES, and 53-year-old NOBLE GEATHERS, (pictured below), all of Daytona Beach, were arrested for running a dogfighting ring and their arrests were the result of a joint effort from Volusia County’s Animal Services Division, Halifax Humane Society, the City of Daytona Beach’s Animal Control Unit, the city’s Code Enforcement Division and the Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD).
PONDER, HOLMES, and GEATHERS each face a long list of felony charges, including animal cruelty, animal fighting and practicing veterinary medicine without a license.
The charges came after DBPD obtained search warrants from a Volusia County judge to enter the properties on 225 & 227 Reva Street as well as an adjacent vacant lot during the early-morning hours of February 22, 2021.
There was a fence that had been put up illegally inside the vacant lot and officers had to tear it down so they could have access to the dogs.
Investigators found forty-two Pitbulls, eighteen puppies and twenty-four adult dogs.
Most of the furbabies were being kept outside in small kennels made of wood and wire, car carriers, or chained to car axles with little or no access to clean water, food, or shelter.
Many of them were living in areas that were caked with urine and feces and were wearing tight collars that officers had to cut off.
Many of the female dogs were breeding new puppies for fighting.
Many other dogs had healing cuts or wounds on their bodies consistent with dog fighting.
Police also said that officers discovered “medical records for the dogs which were maintained by the defendants along with various kinds of dog supplements and medications, including a type of medicine which is commonly used in organized dog fighting to boost red cell production as well as stamina and endurance.”
11 male puppies
7 female puppies
20 adult female Pitbulls
4 adult male Pitbulls
All the furbabies were taken to Halifax Humane Society (HHS) for safe keeping.
It’s outrageous that a court forfeiture hearing later this week could determine if those dogs will be returned to the defendants or if they will be awarded to the police department.
I cannot believe that there is the possibility that these innocent souls might go back to that hell they have just been rescued from!
Only a sick judge could let that happen.
If the dogs will be awarded to the police department, then, DBPD would sign them over to HHS in the hopes some could be adopted out in the future.
HOLMES is charged with 10 counts of practicing veterinary medicine without a license and 10 counts of felony cruelty to animals.
He was booked at Volusia County Jail on March 3, 2021 and has remained there ever since.
GEATHERS, who detectives believe was the ringleader, is facing 35 charges, including 24 counts of animal fighting, 10 counts of felony cruelty to animals and one count of practicing veterinary medicine without a license.
He was booked at Volusia County Jail on March 9, 2021 and has since posted bond.
PONDER faces the same charges as GEATHERS, plus one count each of possession of cannabis with intent to sell, possession of cocaine with intent to sell and driving with a suspended/canceled/revoked license.
He was booked at Volusia County Jail on March 6, 2021 and has since posted bond.
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