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Men arrested for dog fighting

NATCHEZ — A concerned resident’s call to police led to the arrests Wednesday of two Natchez men charged with dog fighting.

Natchez Police Detective Jerry Ford said Damone R. Johnson Jr., 22, 304-B Dumas Drive, and Mikell D. Chatman, 23, 9 Spring St., were charged Wednesday with dog fighting.

A resident reported hearing dogs fighting in Chatman’s backyard, Ford said. When police arrived, Ford said, the fight was over.

Officers reported that one of the men was bringing a pit bull on a chain from the backyard to the front of the house, and the other ran inside the residence, Ford said.

Both Chatman and Johnson were apprehended at the scene.

No spectators were present at the fight, Ford said. He said police believe the fight is an isolated incident and not part of a larger dog-fighting ring.

Two pit bulls, one white and one red, were found at the scene with cuts and bites consistent with fighting, Ford said. The dogs were taken to Natchez Veterinary Clinic for treatment.

Humane society board member Linda Kennon said neither of the dogs were seriously injured in the fight. The white pit bull has lacerations on its face, and the red has lacerations on its leg, Kennon said.

The dogs are being kept at the veterinary clinic for observation in case any other health problems arise, Kennon said.

No bond has been set for Johnson or Chatman. Both men face up to a $5,000 and/or three years in prison.