Dogfight Sponsor Gets 10-Year Sentence
Nov. 05, 1994
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) _ A dogfight organizer captured on his own videotape using a kitten and a stray dog as bait for pit bulls was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday.
''Civilized people are appalled at such a thing,'' Roanoke Circuit Judge Richard Pattisall said.
Gregory L. Hunt, 21, pleaded guilty Friday to three felony counts of fighting dogs and three misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals from November 1991 to October 1992. He was charged after police found the videotape in his home while searching for drugs.
The hour-long videotape showed Hunt telling viewers, ''Welcome to my mortuary.'' It shows Hunt and three friends throwing a kitten to a pit bull and then urging the dog ''shake it, shake it'' until the animal was killed.
The tape also shows a stray dog used as bait in the same way. Four fighting dogs take turns mauling the unresisting stray until it dies.
In another segment of the tape, a pit bull gives up the fight against another pit bull after being mauled, but Hunt and others kick the whimpering animal until it returns to the ring.
In return for the guilty plea, two dogfighting charges and 10 cruelty charges were dropped, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Greg Phillips said.
Phillips argued for the maximum sentence, 13 years.
''He's the type of person we don't need to show mercy to, who is already so mean spirited he doesn't deserve a place in our society,'' Phillips said.
Hunt said he was sorry, and mad about the comments Phillips made because ''he doesn't know me.''