St. Martin man arrested in pit bull abuse case

The pit bulls, most of them attached to heavy chains, were found behind two vacant mobile homes off Hudson-Krohn Road on Dec. 13.
The pit bulls, most of them attached to heavy chains, were found behind two vacant mobile homes off Hudson-Krohn Road on Dec. 13.

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A St. Martin man who turned himself in to police Thursday, now faces 58 charges related to the pit bulls found last month on Hudson Krohn Road.

Police said Thang Anh Le is the "responsible party" for the dogs, but is not the property owner. He's charged with one count of animal abuse, 22 counts of improperly chaining of the dogs, 13 counts of possessing over the legal limit of animals, 23 counts of not having the proper rabies vaccination tags/certificates.

Le was booked on all charges and posted a $2500 bond. Biloxi Police say a court date is pending.

Just yesterday, Biloxi Police Chief John Miller released a report from the Sula Foundation, a pit bull advocacy and rescue organization. It recommended that nine of the 24 dogs seized from the property be put down. It said an evaluation determined those dogs showed too much aggression toward other animals to be adopted out.

Three other dogs were put down the day they were discovered because of their physical condition. Twelve of the pit bulls will be able to find new homes.

Anyone interested in adopting the dogs will have to sign an agreement releasing the city of any liability. And since the chief believes the pit bulls were used in dog fighting, he wants people to fully understand what to expect when they take the animals home.

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