Lowndes County Man Convicted of Dog Fighting

Willie Henderson
Posted at 1:26 PM, Jul 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-24 14:34:25-04

VALDOSTA, GA (WTXL) - A Lowndes County man has plead guilty for dog fighting charges, according to the Department of Justice.

The DOJ says Willie Henderson plead guilty to "one count of conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsor and exhibit a dog in an animal fighting venture and to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon."

Henderson could face up to 5 years in prison and/or pay $250,000 for the dog fighting charge and a maximum of 10 years and/or a $250,000 fine for the gun charges.

A second man named Raymond Lee Hendrix from Echols County is also facing the dog fighting charges.

According to the DOJ, the two men admitted to operating Clyattville Kennels where they trained American Pit Bull Terriers for dog fighters for a fee. They also bred the dogs and participated in dog fight gambling events.

Henderson is also said to have also admitted to possessing a rifle and shotgun even though he is a convicted felon.

The two men are set to be sentenced on September 23 in Valdosta.