Suspect arrested in connection to dog fighting operation in Mulga


A man is in jail after deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office broke up a dogfight in Mulga. The Greater Birmingham Humane Society Animal Care and Control is on the scene as well.

Deputies responded to Main Street in Mulga Sunday after they received a complaint of dog fighting in the area. When they arrived, they could hear dogs fighting in the woods behind a residence.

As they investigated the sound, they were met by a juvenile carrying an injured dog. When they found the location, they discovered 17 pit bulls. Four of the dogs had injuries consistent with dogfighting.

Deputies also found a fighting ring with fresh blood and the skulls of 11 dogs.

“It’s just hard to imagine that something like this goes on in our community with our neighbors, people that we probably see every day,” said Allison Black Cornelius, CEO of Greater Birmingham Humane Society Animal Care and Control. “And animals that are used for this, violently for any kind of financial gain is hard. Hard to imagine and really hard to see.”

Deputies took Reginald Antonio Dowdell into custody. He’s being held on a $15,000 bond in the Jefferson County Jail on charges of activity related to dogfighting. 

Animal Care and Control is taking custody of the dogs.

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