Derrick Mack
Derrick Mack
Four Canton residents were arrested over the weekend after the Madison County Sheriff’s Office busted up a dog fighting ring.

H.B. Preyer III, Maurice Greenwood, Derrick L. Mack and Michael Brown were each arrested and charged with dog fighting. Preyer was also arrested for animal cruelty and failure to appear for a warrant. Greenwood was also charged with resisting arrest.

Sheriff Randy Tucker said they received an anonymous call late Saturday afternoon complaining about the noise of dogs in the 600 block of Rankin Road located off Highway 43 South.

Tucker said when deputies arrived they didn’t see anything, but they could hear the dogs barking in a wooded area off the road.

“They walked up on these guys actually fighting the dogs,” Tucker said. “One of them fled into the woods but was ultimately arrested a little while later.”

Greenwood was the suspect that ran from deputies.

Upon further investigation, deputies found a lot of evidence indicating a dog fighting ring, Tucker said.

“They had training equipment, a treadmill, IVs and antibiotics,” he said.

Deputies seized female adult dogs, 15 puppies, and 14 additional dogs, all of which appeared to be pit bull and pit bull mixes.

Tucker said the animals had not been taken care of and many suffered from malnourishment.

The two animals that were fighting when deputies arrived were taken to the Animal Emergency & Referral Center in Flowood for emergency treatment. The other animals were placed in shelters.

Tucker said he didn’t know if they were just training for a fight, saying that generally there are a lot fo spectators gathered around gambling on dog fights.

Brown remains in custody at the Madison County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond. Preyer remains in custody on a $100,000 bond for dog fighting, $50,000 bond for animal cruelty, and $500 bond for his failure to appear warrant.

Greenwood was released after posting bail on a $100,000 bond for dog fighting and $1,000 bond for resisting arrest. Mack was released after posting bail on a $100,000 bond.