Georgia man gets prison time in dog fighting case

October 30, 2021 GMT

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man who ran a dog fighting facility has been sentenced to serve nearly four years in federal prison, prosecutors said.

James Lampkin, 44, also known as “Pookie,” had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Animal Welfare Act. A judge sentenced him Friday to serve three years and 10 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

Following reports of dog fights at Lampkin’s property, Georgia State Patrol troopers and Georgia Department of Natural Resources game wardens did traffic stops in Eastman, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta in March 2018.

They found a dog in one vehicle that appeared to have been injured in a fight and got a warrant to search Lampkin’s home, federal prosecutors said in a news release. They seized 63 dogs who were chained in the back yard. They also found equipment used to train dogs to fight and the remains of a pit and bloodied carpet where fights were held, the release says.

ADVERTISEMENT

Four other men were sentenced to serve time in prison and two others got probation after pleading guilty to charges in the case.

“Every defendant charged in this barbaric dog-fighting operation has now been held accountable after admitting to the charges,” Acting U.S. Attorney David Estes said in a news release. “Our vigilant law enforcement partners did outstanding work in identifying and shutting down this reprehensible activity.”