Four arrested after Ringgold man killed by vicious dogs and another severely injured

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The Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested four individuals and seized more than 20 dogs from a Ringgold home in connection with the death of 40-year-old Donovan Brooks. Sheriff John Ballance said they believe Brooks was killed in a gruesome dog attack.

“Three were charged with negligent homicide and obstruction of justice. The fourth individual was charged with accessory after the fact. I believe that involved the moving of Mr. Brooks’ body into the woods,” said Ballance.

Dog owners, 77-year-old Charlotte Hubbard and 22-year-old Shawn Hubbard, along with 51-year-old Gerald Miller face negligent homicide and obstruction charges. 21-year-old Cameron Kelly is charged with accessory after the fact.

Ballance said Brooks’ wallet was found near the scene after he was reported missing. It’s believed Brooks’ was attacked the day before the same dogs attacked 30-year-old Davyta Gray of Ringgold on September 27th. Ballance said Gray is recovering from severe injuries.

In addition to 26 dogs seized from the home, several deceased canines were also found.

“But there were I believe nine that were part Pit and larger dogs that could easily take a human being down,” said Ballance.

The last day Brooks was reportedly seen was September 26th but was not entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) by Ringgold Police until October 19th.

While it’s not the first case involving vicious dogs Ballance has investigated, he said it is among the most gruesome in his career.

“When you get a pack of dogs like that, and you’ve got two or three that are especially vicious the whole bunch gets vicious. They want to take part in the action,” said Ballance.

In the meantime, the dogs are at a holding facility until a judge decides their fate.

 

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