Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Antonio Damon Atkins, 35, was sentenced this week to 41 months in prison for his involvement in an interstate dogfighting ring. Atkins is the last of seven defendants to be sentenced under the Animal Welfare Act.
The case, led by an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, revealed the cruel nature of the venture. Other defendants, including Eric Williams and Corey Brown, received sentences ranging from 12 months to 60 months in prison.
Authorities praised the collaborative efforts of multiple agencies in bringing the perpetrators to justice. The FBI and USDA-Office of Inspector General spearheaded the investigation, while Assistant U.S. Attorneys from Louisiana and Minnesota prosecuted the case.