A Richland County man, suspected of being involved with a dog fighting ring, has been arrested on multiple charges, officials say.
Jacobi Anthony Green, 21, was arrested Sunday on charges of receiving stolen goods, resisting arrest, threatening the life of a public official, animal fighting and baiting and simple possession of marijuana, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said in a statement released Monday.
Deputies arrested Green after locating a stolen motorcycle at the suspect’s home in the 1900 block of Crane Church Road, Lott said. When deputies approached the home, Green fled on foot but was apprehended a short distance away. Along with the motorcycle, deputies recovered several stolen lawnmowers and related equipment and seized a small amount of marijuana.
In addition, deputies found 16 dogs and eight puppies – many showing signs of neglect and malnourishment. Deputies also found a fighting pit, dog fighting paraphernalia, heavy chains and other equipment used in dog fighting, Lott said.
While in custody, Green kicked and bit a deputy on the arm and threatened the life of the deputy and his family. The deputy was treated on the scene by EMS for minor injuries.
The dogs were taken by members of Richland County Animal Control so that the animals could receive proper care, Lott said.
Green was taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. The sheriff’s department is continuing to investigate.